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Entertainment icon Dick Clark died Wednesday at age 82.
Clark reportedly passed away from a heart attack this morning at a hospital in Santa Monica, CA.
He was known for his youthful looks and for hosting ABC’s American Bandstand, which helped bring rock ‘n’ roll into the limelight.
His youthful looks led to him being dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager.’
Clark began hosting Bandstand in 1956. It ran until 1987 although it remained in syndication for two more years.
Clark also hosted many games shows, including The $25,000 Pyramid and TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Beginning in 1972, he hosted the New Year’s Eve countdown in New York City’s Times Square.
He kept working even after his speaking and walking were affected by a stroke in 2004.
Since that time, he split his hosting duties with Ryan Seacrest.
His company, Dick Clark Productions, supplied movies, game and music shows and beauty contests (among other things) to television.
Clark had a hand in radio as well. He created The Dick Clark National Music Survey in 1981. He was also the voice of Countdown USA and U.S. Music Survey.
His illustrious career and place in pop culture has earned Clark numerous Emmys, Grammys, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.