RIP: Dick Clark Dead at 82

The iconic music and TV personality passed on Wednesday from a heart attack.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Legendary music and television personality Dick Clark has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 82. The iconic radio and TV personality, famous for American Bandstand, his annual New Year's Eve special and more, passed away on Wednesday afternoon (April 18).

Since suffering a major stroke in 2004, Clark's health had been in decline. After a few token appearance he retired from hosting his signature annual Rockin' New Year's Eve special, passing the baton to Ryan Seacrest.

Nicknamed "America's Oldest Teenager," Clark began in the mail room for radio station WRUN, moving up to on-air personality shortly thereafter. After a DJ stint at the famous WFIL/Philadelphia, Clark soon after took hosting duties on the long-running American Bandstand, which helped launch the careers o countless musicians over its 37 years on the air. 

Clark brough Bandstand to Hollywood in 1963 and started Dick Clark Productions, which created hit game shows, the American Music Awards and the popular TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. In 1972, Clark launched Rockin' New Year's Eve, counting down to midnight every New Year's Eve live from Times Square in New York City.

Dick Clark Productions was also a major force in radio, with the syndicated programs The Dick Clark National Music Survey and Dick Clark's Rock, Roll and Remember. Clark also co-founded Unistar Communications, which merged with Infinity Broadcasting. 

Clark was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and won numerous Emmys over the years. He is survived by his third wife, Kari, as well as two sons and a daughter.