Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, died today of a massive heart attack. He was 82.
He built a media empire known simply as Dick Clark Productions. Clark seemed to be everywhere you turned the dial in the thirteen channel universe. In addition to seeing Clark on American Bandstand on ABC, he also hosted The $25,000 Pyramid on CBS and co-hosted TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes with Ed McMahon on NBC.
In December 2004, Clark suffered a stroke and was forced to miss New Years festivities in 2005. However, Clark partook in the last six ball droppings at Times Square including 2012 with Ryan Seacrest serving as primary host. Although his speech was impaired his youthful spirit which made him America’s oldest teenager was still there. Bringing in 2013 and beyond won’t be quite the same without him.
Ryan Seacrest issued the following statement about Clark:
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.
I’ll leave you with Dick Clark talking to Eric Carmen in between songs on American Bandstand in 1975.