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Dick Clark, ‘American Bandstand’ Host and New Year’s Icon, Dead at 82 of Heart Attack

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Dick Clark, whose ‘American Bandstand’ revolutionized the way we listen to music, died Tuesday morning at 82 as a result of a “massive heart attack.”

For his youthful appearance and lifelong dedication to pop music, Clark was long ago dubbed “America’s Oldest Teenager.” Besides ‘Bandstand,’ which he hosted between 1956 and 1989, Clark was known for his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party, which he first broadcast from Times Square in 1972.

Clark’s health problems began in 2004, when he suffered a stroke that forced him to turn over the reigns of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to current host Ryan Seacrest. Nevertheless, 2004 was the only year he didn’t appear on the broadcast in some form, and has been doing the midnight countdown on the show for the last few years.

Clark was also a successful TV producer and game-show host, and owned an amazing Flintstone-style house in Malibu, CA, which he had recently put on the market. Some of his TV credits include ‘The $25,000 Pyramid’ and ‘TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.’

The Mount Vernon, NY native, who was married three times, is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton and three children from previous marriages.

We’ve pulled together some clips from Clark’s career legendary career in entertainment. Check them out below.

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