'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has Died at 82

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," has died. He was 82.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin says Clark died but did not provide further details. Clark had continued performing even after he suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark also was a successful businessman. He hosted an annual New Year's Eve special and supplied a variety of game shows and music specials to TV, including and the American Music Awards.

The original "American Bandstand" was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.



ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Television icon Dick Clark has died at the age of 82.

The former host of "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve" had a heart attack early this morning and couldn't be resuscitated. You may recall Dick Clark suffered a stroke in 2004. That's when he cut back on his television appearances.


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  • by elizabeth Location: rockford, il on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    Dick Clark was one in a million, i will always remember him fondly and as far as im concerned his memory will be around for many years to come!! I was about 6 years old when american bandstand first aired and remember dancing to the beat of good old Rock and Roll!! When i think of Rock and Roll i fondly think of Dick Clark!!God Bless his family at this sad time!
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