(CNS) – Producer and legendary radio and television host Dick Clark died today of a massive heart attack at age 82, according to his publicist.
Famed for his hosting duties on “American Bandstand” and “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that forced him largely into retirement, although he continued to make appearances on the New Year’s Eve special alongside Ryan Seacrest.
Publicist Paul Shefrin said Clark suffered a “massive heart attack” this morning after undergoing a medical procedure last night at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.
Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits: “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.
For a time in the 1980s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Network, which provided programs – including Clark’s – to thousands of stations.
He is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton, and has three children from previous marriages.
Listen to the theme song from American Bandstand here:
KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee spoke with one of Dick Clark’s friends, Jhani Kaye, who is the program director of LA radio stations K-Earth and The Wave: