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Dick Clark, 82, Has Died

Dick Clark, 82, Has Died

04/18/2012

Legendary television host and producer Dick Clark, 82, has died. Clark reportedly suffered a heart attack after undergoing surgery Tuesday night, according to ABC News.

Clark, who got his start as a radio announcer at the age of 17, achieved worldwide recognition as host of "American Bandstand," which aired from 1957-1989. Clark's name also became synonymous with New Year's Eve celebrations in New York City's Times Square, thanks to his annual program "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," which began in 1972 and continues to this day with Ryan Seacrest.

Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004 and continued performing afterward, even though his ability to speak was affected.

Fans, colleagues and celebrities have already begun issuing statements via Twitter. "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark," comedian Joan Rivers tweeted. "What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"

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