TV Host Dick Clark Dead at Age 82 [VIDEO]

Veteran TV host Dick Clark has died of a heart attack.  He was 82 years old.

FOX’s Anita Vogel looks back at his life:

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Richard Wagstaff Clark was born in Mt. Vernon, NY in November of 1929.  As student body president and member of the drama club, Clark was voted “Most Likely to Sell the Brooklyn Bridge” in high school.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a major in advertising, and after a brief stint as a news anchor in upstate New York, Clark got a job as a radio announcer in Philadelphia, hosting a show called “Bandstand.”

The TV sister station had a show called “American Bandstand,” and when its host was arrested for drunk driving, they called in Dick Clark as a replacement.  It was nearly a year before Clark convinced the American Broadcasting Company to take the show national.  They finally did on August 5, 1957.

WATCH more of FOX’s Anita Vogel’s look at Dick Clark’s life HERE:

Some of rock ‘n roll’s brightest stars made their TV debuts on “American Bandstand” including Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Prince and Madonna.

Here’s a clip of Clark interviewing a young Madonna:

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Clark went on to host other shows like The Pyramid franchise, and TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.

Dick Clark was a New Year’s Eve staple, bringing the excitement and energy of the annual celebration in Times Square into millions of households.  Though, he gave up hosting duties as his health declined, he still took part in the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” broadcasts.

LISTEN to Dick Clark countdown to 2012 in his final “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show HERE:

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Ryan Seacrest, host of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” tweeted about Clark’s death on Wednesday afternoon:

Seacrest released this full statement on Clark’s death later Wednesday:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006 , it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

President Obama released the following statement on the death of Dick Clark:

Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark.  With “American Bandstand,” he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times.  He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer.  And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year.  But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.  As we say a final “so long” to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – which number far more than he knew.

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Clark’s publicist, Paul Shefrin, released the following statement announcing his death:

Entertainment Icon Dick Clark passed away this morning (Wednesday) at the age of 82 following a massive heart attack it was announced by his family. 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.




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