Dick Clark Dead at 82 From Heart Attack
Dick Clark has died from a “massive heart attack” on Wednesday morning, his agent Paul Shefrin said in a statement to ABC. He was 82.
Further details surrounding his death are unclear. Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004 which impaired his speech — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. On December 31, 2005, Clark made his return to television, returning to the New Year’s broadcast and appeared on subsequent shows until 2012.
Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
Clark has been married three times and has three children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.
Tributes are flowing for the star. The President of Miss Universe Paula Shugart — who started working for Dick Clark Productions in 1985 — told TMZ that Clark “gave me my first break in TV. His death is hitting all of us hard.”
At the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Clark and the classic daytime TV show, American Bandstand were honored with a tribute hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The segment featured the cast of Jersey Boys, Marie Osmond, and Chubby Checker, with additional tributes from Simon Cowell, Cher and many more. Watch the tribute below.