Dick Clark Dead at the Age of 82
Music and TV mogul Dick Clark, affectionately known as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” has died after suffering a massive heart attack on Wednesday morning. He was 82 years old.
Clark was perhaps best known for hosting ‘American Bandstand,’ a gig he held from 1956 through 1989. The program, which originally ran Monday-Friday and later only on Saturdays, featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 hits introduced by Clark, with at least one popular musical act typically appearing in person to lip-sync their latest single.
Clark also hosted five versions of the game show ‘Pyramid,’ and was known for ushering in the New Year in Times Square during his ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ telecasts. In addition, his production company, Dick Clark Productions, was responsible for a slew of programming including ‘TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes,’ ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘American Dreams,’ and the American Music Awards.
In 2004, Clark suffered a debilitating stroke that forced him to give up much of his work schedule. ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest took over the New Year’s Eve show, with Clark making his first television appearance since the stroke during the 2005 broadcast.
He leaves behind his third wife, Kari Wigton, to whom he has been married since 1977, and three adult children.
Watch his final New Year’s Eve appearance below.