Television icon Dick Clark, who delighted audiences for more than six decades, died on Wednesday. He was 82 years old.
Clark hosted "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," "American Bandstand," and many game shows. He suffered a massive fatal heart attack, his agent Paul Shefrin said in a press release. Clark had been slowed since 2004, when he suffered a stroke.
Clark, often called America's Oldest Teenager, hosted "American Bandstand," a hit music-performance show, from 1956 to 1989. He had also hosted his New Year's Eve show every year except one since 1974.
He also hosted a number of versions of the popular "Pyramid" game show on CBS and ABC. He won three Emmy Awards for best game show host and the show won nine Emmy Awards for best game show.
He also hosted "The Challengers," "Scattergories," "The Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show" and "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes."
He has a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is also in the National Radio Hall of Fame, Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. He also won a Peabody Award in 1999.
He is survived by his third wife, Kari Wigton, who he married in 1999, as well as his three children.
by RTT Staff Writer
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