2:45 a.m. CDT, April 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- KTLA has confirmed that Dick Clark died from a heart attack Wednesday at the age of 82.
Clark served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years.
Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004.
With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006.
Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.
Clark has been married 3 times -- and has 3 children from his first two marriages.
He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton
RIP Dick Clark, your New Years Eve countdowns will forever remain as one of the best memories of my childhood and being allowed to stay up to watch the ball drop with you rockin' the night away.
Edited by Bertuzzi Babe, 18 April 2012 - 01:29 PM.