Long time American icon, Dick Clark, passed away today, of an apparent heart attack. He was 82.
Baby Boomers will forever remember him as the host, and face, of American Bandstand. He looked like one of the teenage dancers on the show – in the earlier days – and for the longest time it seemed like he positively refused to age. He was dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager’! As with all good things though, that finally caught up with him when he suffered a pretty severe stroke eight years ago. The stroke took a lot out of him, but he was able to teach himself how to walk and talk again.
He was also well known for hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve“, on ABC, from 1972 until his stroke in 2004. He made a comeback, of sorts, in 2006, but his spirit was much stronger than his physical being. He was like a mentor to his eventual successor, Ryan Seacrest.
Dick Clark was also a successful producer of such television shows as “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the game show “$25,000 Pyramid”, both of which he hosted, for a time. His very illustrious professional life spanned more than 55 years!
God bless Dick Clark! He’ll be remembered, and he will be missed. Rest in peace, sir. We salute you.
- TMZ Report: Dick Clark dead at 82 (fox6now.com)
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- For now, Dick Clark… so long: Reaction to his death (oforchristsakes.wordpress.com)