Dick Clark Dies at Age 82

By Tim Surette

Apr 18, 2012

The man who never aged has taken his last breath. Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82, reports TMZ, following a heart attack this morning.

Clark was one of television's most recognizable figures, with a long career that launched in 1952 when Clark became the host of American Bandstand. His congenial personality was also showcased by his role as host of the Pyramid game shows, which were incredibly popular in the 1970s and 1980s. And of course Clark was a fixture of New Year's Eve, hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC since 1972.

Clark's biggest claim to fame was his youthfulness. The man simply did not age for decades, and always ushered in the New Year looking the same while the rest of us put on weight and wrinkles.

Clark suffered a stroke in December of 2004, and his New Year's Rockin' Eve hosting duties for 2004-2005 were handed over to Regis Philbin. Amazingly, Clark returned to host the television event for 2005-2006, along with new co-host Ryan Seacrest. The man just kept on rockin'.

R.I.P., Dick Clark. You will be missed.


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  • boom-moo Apr 20, 2012

    May he rest in peace.

  • LolitaBraboy Apr 20, 2012

    Wow!!! First the host of the "Soul Don Cornelius" and now leaves the host of the "American & Pop host Dick Clark" "We have both lost our "Legendary Host" will this kind of "Music Show" would be ever reborn again? "Rest In Peace"

  • LolitaBraboy Apr 20, 2012

    Wow!! First the host of the "Soul Don Cornelius" & Now the host of the "American & Pop Dick Clark"!! We have lost our "Host of Legendary"!! Will this kind of "Music Show will ever be reborn again? Rest in Peace

  • Orcagirl_78 Apr 20, 2012

    my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    R.I.P. to a legend.

  • Waggytoon Apr 19, 2012

    New Year's Eve will never be the same.

  • BarryDalton Apr 19, 2012

    I disagree that he died.

  • Raccoon1459 Apr 19, 2012

    What do you mean?

  • BarryDalton Apr 20, 2012

    i'm tired of the media telling us what to think

  • Silver_Sword_14 Apr 20, 2012

    Yeah, maybe he's on some distant island right now with Tupac and will return as a hologram during the next New Year's Eve.

  • smithinjapan Apr 19, 2012

    Awww... now that news just did the opposite of making my day. Never knew him personally, of course, but who DIDN'T know who the man was and what he did. Now this was a man who was a TRUE star, and will be missed.

  • antdude Apr 19, 2012

    Aww! :(

  • SweetMissJaye Apr 19, 2012

    RIP Dick Clark. You truly were a legend in the entertainment industry and you have influenced us all.

  • Cherazz Apr 19, 2012

    ;_; Rest in peace good sir

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