The world lost a legend today.
Dick Clark passed away at age 82. A household name known for his longtime presence on “American Bandstand” and the “New Years Rockin’ Eve,” the man will not soon forgotten by those he influenced over the years.
Since Clark’s passing only hours ago, a somber ton has struck Twitter as celebrities from the television and music industries alike have been sharing their thoughts with the world.
“Has anyone had more impact on music & television in last 60yrs?” tweeted Piers Morgan, putting into words the significance of the loss.
Many who worked with Dick Clark over 60 years in the radio/television industry knew the man as a friend. Perhaps this is why so many acts returned to “Band Stand” time and time again.
“Dick Clark played a very special role in our lives,” said Jermaine Jackson on Twitter. Jermaine was a member of the Jackson 5 who first appeared on “Band Stand” in 1970. “He was like family. What a man. RIP my friend.”
Jermaine’s sister Janet Jackson added what many would agree with, that Clark “changed the face of musical television.”
Though Ryan Seacrest was one of the first celebrities to speak up about the news, soon it seemed like everyone was saying their goodbyes.
Sara Bareilles called Clark “ an American Icon,” Snoop Dogg said he was “a pioneer n a good man,” and Bret Michaels who wished “Condolences to his family.”
Clark was a graduate of Syracuse University. “American Bandstand” ran from 1957 to 1987, but Clark remained an entertainer for the rest of his life.
TMZ reports that he died of a massive heart attack in St. John’s hospital in LA. He leaves behind his wife Kari Wigton, two ex-wives, three children, and a legacy.