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.