Dick Clark Killed By Heart Attack

(Gibson) TV legend and former American Bandstand host Dick Clark has died. According to TMZ, Clark suffered a heart attack on Wednesday (April 18) after undergoing an outpatient procedure in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Clark first became a household name as the host of American Bandstand, which ran as a national series from 1957 to 1989. His name became synonymous with rock and roll, just as it was becoming a giant, mainstream force. Clark helped introduce many of rock, pop and R&B's greatest stars from Elvis Presley and The Doors to Madonna and Pink Floyd to a mass audience.

Clark also served as a television producer during his long career, helming The American Music Awards and The Golden Globes telecasts, as well as the game show, the $10,000 Pyramid (which he also hosted). For many Americans, their New Year's Eve traditions included ringing in the new year with the host on his Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve program, which began airing live from New York City's Times Square in 1972. more on this story

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