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Dick Clark Dies

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Entertainment icon Dick Clark died Wednesday at the age of 82 after suffering a massive heart attack.

A statement from Clark's rep issued on behalf of his family said Clark had entered St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him following the heart attack were not successful.

The famous host of American Bandstand -- which helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream -- is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, Duane, Cindy and RAC.

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Clark hosted and produced a vast range of programming from game shows to the annual year-end countdown show New Year's Rockin' Eve. Dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his lasting youthful appearance, Clark had continued to make TV appearances in recent years despite suffering a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

Clark was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on November 30, 1929. The prolific television host and producer began his entertainment career at the age of 17 as an announcer for a local radio station. The young Clark's charm and charisma led him to a job as a disc jockey for WFIL in Philadelphia.

Clark was later given the opportunity to serve as a substitute host for the affiliated television station's rock n' roll dance program, Bob Horn's Bandstand, in 1952. When host Bob Horn left the program in 1956, Clark was chosen to host the show full-time. One year later, ABC picked up the show, it was renamed American Bandstand, and was aired nationally on August 5, 1957, with special guest, Elvis Presley. He continued his work on Bandstand until 1989.

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His first Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special aired in 1972. At the end of 2004, Regis Philbin substituted as host for the evening after Clark suffered a stroke weeks before the event. Clark returned to the show the following year, where he shared hosting duties with Ryan Seacrest, something he would do from that year forward.

In 1993, Clark was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. He also produced The American Music Awards, which he created in 1974. He was also executive producer of the NBC family drama American Dreams.


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