Dick Clark famed TV producer, and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host died from a massive heart attack this morning. The TV icon had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Clark’s health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Clark was 82.
Dick Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American game show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. He served as Chairman and CEO of Dick Clark Productions. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Clark was long known for his departing catchphrase “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” delivered with a military salute. In 2004, Clarke announced he had Type 2 diabetes and suffered a stroke in the same year. He was instrumental in creating and developing shows such as, The American Music Awards in 1973, and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972. Dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager,’ his claim to fame was as host of America Bandstand.” He started his career in the mail room of a radio station his father managed and his uncle owned in Utica, New York. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show through the 2011/2012 show. The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards after the move of that year’s show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC.Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall in 1974. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Rest In Peace to the Great Dick Clark