Entertainment icon Dick Clark has died

By:  Newsroom

The former American Bandstand host died at the age of 82.

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose trademark “Rockin' Eve” became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a “massive heart attack.”

Clark was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn't long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family's radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

From 1952 to 1987, Clark hosted “American Bandstand” – first on a Philadelphia radio statoin, and then eventually on ABC.  Dick Clark Productions provided ABC with the “New Year's Rockin' Eve” television spectacular every year since 1972 which was also hosted by Clark.  He missed the 2004 show after suffering a stroke, but he was back for the following year and years afterward.  Clark also hosted the game show “The $10,000 Pyramid” from 1973 to 1988.