The legendary Dick Clark — famed TV producer, and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host — died from a massive heart attack this morning, TMZreports.
Clark’s rep told TMZ that Clark had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark reportedly suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Clark was 82.
Clark suffered a significant stroke in 2004 and his health had been on the decline ever since. The stroke forced him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011.
Clark got his first big break in 1956, hosting what was called “Bob Horn’s Bandstand.” The show would later be renamed the iconic “American Bandstand.” Clark continued to host and produce “American Bandstand” until 1989. Clark was known for shining a light on African-American music, including hip hop, when many others would not.
Clark also hosted a number of game shows — like “Pyramid,” “Scattergories,” “The Challengers,” and many more.
Clark has been inducted into practically every hall of fame on the planet — including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
Clark also received a total of 5 Emmy Awards for his work, as well as a Peabody Award. One Emmy was a lifetime achievement award.
Clark was married 3 times — and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.