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Dick Clark instructs the audience prior to the taping of the Family Television Awards on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in Beverly Hills, California. - Provided courtesy of Krista Niles

Dick Clark, legendary TV host, dead at age 82

04/18/2012 by Olivia Allin

Dick Clark, longtime host of "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" died from a massive heart attack at age 82 on April 18.

Clark was admitted to Los Angeles' St. John's hospital on Tuesday evening after undergoing an outpatient procedure. He suffered a heart attack this morning, following the procedure.

"Entertainment Icon Dick Clark passed away this morning (Wednesday) at the age of 82 following a massive heart attack," Clark's rep said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Clark, 82, had entered St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

The TV host suffered a stroke in 2004 which forced him into retirement - leaving him partially paralyzed and made speaking difficult. In 2006, Ryan Seacrest took over "New Year's Rockin' Eve," which Clark launched in 1972. Clark's last appearance on the show was in 2011.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark," Seacrest Tweeted on April 18. "He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."

Clark was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes a decade ago and is traveling nationwide in an effort to educate diabetes sufferers of the correlation between the blood sugar disease and risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Clark was born in Mount Vernon New York on November 30, 1929. He began his career in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station run by his father and uncle. Before long, a teenage Clark was filling in for the station's weatherman and announcer.

After college at Syracuse University, Clark worked as a DJ for a show called "Dick Clark's Caravan of Music" and hosting "Bob Horn's Bandstand," an afternoon dance show for teenagers at WFIL in Philadelphia.

ABC brought the series to a national audience nearly five years later, calling it "American Bandstand."

Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963 and started his company, Dick Clark Productions, which was responsible for the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," "The Dick Clark Show" and innumerable TV movies, specials, documentaries and series.

Clark has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He received five Emmy Awards during his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received a Peabody Award.

Clark was married three times, most recently to his current wife, who he wed in 1977 He has three children from his first two marriages - Richard (who goes by R.A. or Rac), Duane and Cindy.

Clark was known for his youthful appearance, which earned him the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager." He was also known for his sign-off catchphrase "For now, Dick Clark... so long," delivered with a military salute.

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