Dick Clark Dies at 82
Dick Clark, who brought pop music to television with American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve, has died.
ABC Eyewitness News, TMZ and other outlets are reporting he succumbed to a "massive heart attack."
The final ball has dropped:
Clark was 82.
[Added at 1:06 p.m.]:
According to TMZ:
Clark's health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 -- forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at "New Years' Rockin' Eve," which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011 ...
[Added at 1:23 p.m.]: City News Service reports that flowers will be placed at Clark's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. His star is at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.
[Update at 1:35 p.m.]: Ryan Seacrest tweeted this:
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.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012
The Los Angeles Times, citing a Clark spokesman, tweeted that that heart attack came after a "procedure" in a hospital.
[Added at 1:49 p.m.]: City News Service quotes Clark spokesman Paul Shefrin as saying he had gone to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica last night for an "outpatient procedure'' before suffering a "massive heart attack" there.
He suffered a stroke in 2004.
[Added at 4:02 p.m.]: President Obama today issued this statement:
With 'American Bandstand,' he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel -- as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.
As we say a final 'so long' to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends -- which number far more than he knew.
Clark's obituary from the Los Angeles Times says "he introduced America to rock 'n' roll."
Robert Hilburn, the Times' titanic former pop critic, tweeted this:
RIPDICK CLARK...He brought the rock 'n' roll generation together LONG before Woodstock.— Robert Hilburn (@roberthilburn) April 18, 2012