Dick Clark, the longtime TV maverick, host of “American Bandstand” and his trademark “New Years Rockin’ Eve” has passed away at the age of 82.
A statement written by the family says he passed away this morning following a “massive heart attack” after numerous attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Dick Clark began his career working in the mailroom of a radio station in upstate New York and it wasn’t long before he was appearing on the radio show.
His big break came when he hosted “Bandstand” an afternoon dance show, within five years the show went national as “American Bandstand” and Dick Clark became a household name.
Once he launched Dick Clark Productions, he was the force behind many hit shows like “Pyramid” and the “American Music Awards” and finally the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. But that didn’t stop him from making appearances on his New Years Eve show year after year.
Clarks accolades include Emmys, Grammys, an induction in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Clark made headlines last month when he put his “Flintstones” inspired Malibu home on the market for $3.5 million.
Clark is survived by his three children and his wife Keri Wigton, whom he married in 1977.
As Dick always said, “For now, Dick Clark….so long.”