Dick Clark passed away this morning after suffering a major heart attack. He had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. for an outpatient procedure last night.
The seemingly ageless show business legend, who earned the nickname “America’s Oldest Teenager” well into retirement age for most people, was 82.
Clark’s rep confirm that the TV icon suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
The Mount Vernon, N.Y. native was a powerhouse producer who changed the way America listened to pop music with American Bandstand in the ’50s and ’60s.
He then started Dick Clark Productions, which produced countless hits.
Clark became synonymous with everything from The $25,000 Pyramid to TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes to the American Music Awards … and December 31.
Clark’s health had been declining ever since he suffered a major stroke in 2004, forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at New Years’ Rockin’ Eve.
Clark created the NYE staple in 1972, and has continued appeared on the show every year, even after passing the hosting torch to Ryan Seacrest.
Dick, who also battled Type 2 Diabetes, is survived by his current wife, Kari Wigton, and three adult children from his two previous marriages.
He will be missed by generations of fans.