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American Bandstand Host Dick Clark Dies At 82


Legendary host of American Bandstand and television producer Dick Clark has died of a massive heart attack at 82.

Clark's spokesman Paul Shefrin confirmed he died Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica. The day before he had been admitted for an outpatient procedure.

In 2004 Clark had what was called a "mild stroke," which caused him to lessen his time in front of the cameras. For years he had hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve specials, but was forced to step down because of his stroke. However, he surprised everyone when he co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest in 2005.

During his life his many accomplishments included founding Dick Clark Productions, which included shows such as The $25,000 Pyramid, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and the American Music Awards.

Nicknamed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish charm, Clark was most known for his time hosting on American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987 where he introduced the masses to artists from Buddy Holly to Madonna.

"I played records, the kids danced, and America watched," Clark once said of the show.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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