According to the Associated Press, it is being reported that television producer and host Dick Clark died in Los Angeles this morning, succumbing to a massive heart attack.

Clark had a lengthy career on both sides of the camera, he was a mainstay hosting the New Year’s Eve special from Times Square each year as well as hosting widely viewed shows such as American Bandstand, the game show The $25,000 Pyramid and the Miss U.S.A. pageant.

In 2004, the ubiquitous host and producer suffered a stroke which effected his daily life, from there. Regardless, he did not shy away from the camera and would appear on the New Year’s Eve show (which was started in 1972); during the broadcasts it was clear that the stroke had taken a toll on his system as he spoke with slurred, slow speech. The annual show was completely taken over Ryan Seacrest in 2006, who cites Clark as a career role model. Dick had appeared on the show sporadically ever since the shift. His final appearance was in 2011.

The music industry icon and television Goliath was 82 years old at the time of his death.

@teemunny


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