Entertainment Legend Dick Clark Passes Away at 82
According to published reports, entertainment legend Dick Clark passed away today, April 18 2012, after suffering a heart attack. He was 82 years old. He is survived by his three children and third wife.
Clark served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. 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 served as a producer for Broadway's Truckload in 1975. Additionally he acted as a creative consultant for 1982's Rock 'N Roll! The First 5,000 Years.
Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.