Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82 from a “massive heart attack”

This makes me sad. Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82. His rep tells People Magazine that Mr. Clark suffered a “massive heart attack”. Clark also had Type 2 Diabetes and he had debilitating stroke in 2004 which caused him to significantly ease up on his work commitments, including his hosting gig on “New Year’s Rocking Eve” (which Ryan Seacrest took over).

Dick Clark, the producer and television personality known as “America’s Oldest Teenager” for his perennially youthful looks and enthusiasm, has died at age 82.

Clark suffered a massive heart attack, his rep has confirmed.

Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004 but continued in recent years to appear on his New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

[From People Magazine]

In addition to simply being a nice guy, a class act, and a true professional, Mr. Clark was also a television pioneer, hosting American Bandstand in the 1950s through the 1980s. He hosted and produced numerous game shows, and he won a slew of awards, including 5 Emmys and a Peabody. Go here to his Wiki page to see just how long and amazing his career was. He is survived by his wife, his three children and his many, many friends. Rest in peace, Mr. Clark.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. barbi says:

    Sad. :-( But I doubt with the personality he had, he was totally living life to the fullest since his stroke. It is always the good ones………

  2. LeeLoo says:

    :-( RIP Mr Clark.

    I guess that means we’re left with Ryan Seacrest now…

  3. Happy21 says:

    He was a legend. I always wanted to be on American Bandstand but was too young.

    RIP :’(

  4. Ally says:

    He was the best New Year’s Eve date, EVER. We will miss you.

  5. reddmasters says:

    I guess Bowling for Columbine hasn’t been viewed by many CB posters; Dick Clark was a total ass in the documentary.

  6. FingerBinger says:

    R.I.P. Dick Clark. Pretty much all of the old really popular TV people are gone now:Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mr.Rogers, and Ed McMahon and now Dick Clark.

  7. SofiaPetrillo says:

    This is sad. I was actually pretty bummed out by his physical decline after his stroke. His appearance and slurring during 2011 was a sad note during those new years festivities. He was always America’s teenager, and seeing the toll of age on him nevet felt right.

    RIP, Mr. Clark. I’ll hang onto the memories of you as vibrant and young at heart.

    • Relli says:

      ITA it was actually incredibly uncomfortable to watch going into 2009 (i was preggo and totally sober)that i haven’t watched it since. Well that and Seacrest has always hit a nerve with me, i have never watched Idol a day in my life.

  8. lucy2 says:

    That’s sad. He went through a lot, healthwise, in the past few years. Condolences to his family and friends, NYE won’t be the same without him.

  9. Newtsgal says:

    :( Very sad
    I grew up watching this man every weekend on Bandstand.

  10. Lee says:

    You will always be the teenager to me….RIP Mr. Clark…

  11. marie says:

    aww, that makes me sad.. New Years Eve won’t be the same without him..

  12. Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

    Bandstand was great growing up in a small midwestern town. We got to see all the new dance moves — and how kids in CA (NY?) dressed. Compared to today, we were so isolated back then! Dick Clark made the world a little smaller for us all.

    RIP Dick Clark.

  13. Guest says:

    Thanks for bringing Rock-N-Roll into our homes for so many years.

  14. Janet says:

    RIP “world’s oldest teenager” .

  15. DemoCat827 says:

    My first thought was also of “Bowling for Columbine” – glad I’m not the only one who thought of that. I cannot mourn this man much. I will be far sadder when Robin Gibb goes.

  16. brin says:

    A sad day. He was a legend and a gentleman. Rest In Peace Dick Clark.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Just another sign we’re all getting older.

  18. Lola says:

    Loss of a legend. Rest in peace Mr. Clark. The angels will enjoy your company in heaven as we did here on this earth.

  19. BerMan says:

    He was part of my childhood, watching American Bandstand, and New Years Eve countdown. Thank you Mr. Clark for all those years making me smile along with you. Cheers !

  20. Amy says:

    Awww, rest in peace, Dick Clark. He really did seem like such a nice man. I remember seeing him host the New Year’s Eve bash after his stroke, and it made me so sad.

  21. Kim says:

    RIP to an American Icon who will be missed. My prayers to his family.

  22. Peter says:

    Sad?! Seriously?! A guy lives an incredibly blessed, privileged life often at the expense of others and dies at 82. Sad?! Visit the childrens hospital or african refugee camps or downtown homeless shelters and then talk about sad! Michael Moore simply exposed what someone did. It happened to be him.

    • SofiaPetrillo says:

      No one’s saying those things aren’t sad(der). Sadness isn’t a zero-sum game.

      Whether he was perfect or not isn’t really the issue. I think a lot of people are sad for reasons that go beyond the death Dick Clark the man. I think a lot of it is really mourning the end of an era, childhood memories.

      • Peter says:

        That is very true. With this perspective it is sad or maybe even melancholy. It’s just that in this day of celebrity it can come across that those in the public eye have more significant worth and this is wrong. I was just saying that a privileged 82 is a great innings.

  23. Carol MacDowall says:

    It’s a sad day. I used to watch him back in the 80′s on American Bandstand.

  24. Fabgrrl says:

    How will we pass into 2013 without our Time Lord? OMG! The Mayans were right!

  25. Lou says:

    In the interest of accuracy, that was Dick Clark in Bowling For Columbine. Not clear how one confuses Charleston Heston with Dick Clark, but both have been interviewed by Michael Moor. And yes, Dick Clark acted like an asshole.

    Don’t blame the messenger.

  26. Princess Lizabeth says:

    Sad…may he rest in peace.

  27. skuddles says:

    Farewell dear sir… rest in peace.

  28. Becks says:

    So so sad. The end of an era….RIP.

  29. Green_Eyes says:

    My lil Sis & I spent our childhood into adulthood watching bandstand together every week & New Years Rocking Eve. Watching Dick Clark made all our childhood New Year’s Eve spent home alone fun & was a tradition we looked forward to when we were little. So sad to hear he passed away…

  30. Bodhi says:

    This is sad news. But where is the love for Levon Helm? Dick Clark was the face of the music of a generation, but Levon MADE the music. I’m far more sad to hear that Levon is dying than I am that DC has passed.

  31. teehee says:

    Oh, I’ll miss him. He gave of himself so much through the screen and microphone, it feels like he cared abotu you and contributed something… aww :( this is the first celebrity I feel sad about (rather than just shocked) since Diana…

  32. mln76 says:

    American Bandstand was a huge part of my childhood. I think the way he fought his stroke was so brave RIP.

  33. Cathy says:

    I remember growing up in the seventies driving my parents nuts blaring American Bandstand every weekend and dancing. RIP Dick

  34. hillbillygirl45 says:

    I was a pre-teen in the mid-70′s when I first started watching ABS, and in a very rural, small Kentucky area, there wasn’t much else for me to watch to learn about fashion, new dances, and the newest music. This man helped a little skinny farm girl realise there was more to the world than what was around me. Thank you Mr. Clark for making those years a little more bearable…..RIP

  35. jes_sayin says:

    Why are all of the reports putting his “massive heart attack” in quotations??

  36. heidi says:

    I am sad he is gone. He was a very important part of the 50′s thru 2000+. I live right down the street from where Dick Clark productions office was for many years. My neighbor, and elderly lady who has now passed kept using my name to complain about various things that she did not like example their employees pets ‘charged’ her? I adore Mr. and Mrs Clark and because of this neighbor, Dick Clark hated me. I am very sad that this happened, but I did not want to upset him because of his medical conditions so I never approached him regarding this issue. I figured that somehow he would be provided the information that it was not me. Bye Mr Clark, pleasure having met you and being your neighbor.