Entertainment icon Dick Clark dies at age 82
One of pop culture’s most familiar figureheads passed away today. Timeless TV host and producer Dick Clark died at age 82 this morning of a “massive heart attack”, in his agent Paul Shefrin’s words, at Santa Monica’s St. John’s Health Care Center, as reported by E! Online.
According to Shefrin’s official statement, “He is survived by his wife Kari and three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.” Clark is also survived by a decades-long legacy in which the entertainment world came to know him as the host of the classic American Bandstand and ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve spectacle, not to mention as “America’s oldest teenager”, on account of his boyish good looks and charisma.
This generation probably knows him best for “Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve”, now hosted mainly by Ryan Seacrest, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. The year 2004 was the only one until now that lacked Clark’s consistent presence, due to a stroke he suffered in the weeks leading up to New Year’s. At the time, Mark Shapiro, chief executive of Dick Clark Productions, said of the tireless icon, “People truly appreciate the beacon of light that he is.”