Dick Clark dies of heart attack aged 82


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One of America's best-known veteran television personalities, Dick Clark, has died aged 82.

Clark, who presented the long-running music show American Bandstand and an annual New Year's Eve special, had a heart attack, his agent said.

He had continued working even after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004.

ABC's American Bandstand show introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson and Madonna.


American Bandstand, the show Dick Clark hosted for three decades, transformed pop music on television. The programme paved the way for many up-and-coming stars and inspired other music shows. It's also credited with breaking down racial boundaries.

As a host, Clark was the ultimate professional, always calm under pressure and enthusiastic about the music his programme showcased. Millions of Americans also watched Clark's perennial New Year's Eve show.

Even after suffering a huge stroke eight years ago, his speech impaired, he continued to present Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, a programme which he launched in 1972.

Behind the scenes, he was a shrewd businessman, and Clark productions became a powerhouse in Hollywood. His friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to a TV superstar who will be greatly missed.

Paul Shefrin, Clark's spokesman, said the presenter had a heart attack on Wednesday morning at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica.

He had gone to the hospital the day before for an outpatient procedure.

Clark was often referred to as "the world's oldest teenager" because of his youthful appearance.

He made his 40th appearance on ABC TV's New Year's Rockin' Eve programme on 31 December 2011.

Clark was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in a New York City suburb in 1929, and began working in the mailroom of a New York radio station in 1945.

In his 1976 autobiography, Rock, Roll & Remember, he said he had idolised his older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. Radio, he said, helped eased his loneliness.

Clark's production company, Dick Clark Productions, created films, game shows, music programmes and beauty contests, including The $25,000 Pyramid, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, and the American Music Awards.

At one time during the 1980s, Clark had shows running on all three main US networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - and he ranked among Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans.

He was also a partner of the United Stations Radio Network, which provided content to thousands of stations.

In 1985, Clark told the Associated Press news agency: "There's hardly any segment of the population that doesn't see what I do.

"It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, 'I love your show', and I have no idea which one they're talking about."

Clark married three times and had three children.


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    Comment number 32.

    To associate ìnternational` with USA is laughable.

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    Comment number 31.

    Broadcasting your ignorance of a music legend for all to see on the BBC (even if you do have the luxury of using a pseudonym) is rarely good form. It highlights a certain lack of credibility.

    So, some haven't heard of Dick Clark. Millions over here have, including those bands and artists from the UK who were grateful for his patronage.

    RIP Dick.

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    Comment number 30.

    your brits really give me a spin. bbc new is on the web and attached to google as something called "live bookmark". To get a variety of opinions us Americans read Bbc online as well as aljazeera and pravda. Besides, didn't reading that article expand your knowledge of American culture. No harm, one can just skip commenting all together if there is not much intelligent to say.

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    Comment number 29.

    Wow some people really react badly to America. Calm down.
    RIP Dick Clark.

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    Comment number 28.

    Agree with the 'Why here' comments.

    If it was a numbers reason some say this persons death should be marked here,there will be Indian and European personalities that have influenced more than this man.

    No,this is because he was an American media person.

    I find most Americans polite and friendly.I also think they are no more special than any other country.

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    Comment number 27.

    The first time i saw him was on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air last episode. Such a great guy he will be solely missed

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    Comment number 26.

    We hear about US News every day, they do report on INTERNATIONAL NEWS.... honest to go, why do some people bother commenting when they have nothing interesting to say.

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    Comment number 25.

    I know this article is in the World News/US page but I don't know why this is featued on the BBC Homepage.

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    Comment number 24.

    Dick Clark was a legend. I'm a Brit, live in the UK and happy that the BBC have reported this.

    I've often spent NYE watching Dick while visiting family in the US and the past few years, since his stroke, it has been great to watch a talented performer battle against the speech impediment that the stroke gave him. I'll miss his NYE show. RIP Dick. Job well done.

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    Comment number 23.

    1. Icebloo
    2. discoload
    13. alihs
    et al

    You have no knowledge of or interest in the history of pop music then?. Fair enough, but no doubt there are many other significant people in the world that you haven't heard of either. All that you do here is highlight your ignorance, small-mindedness and insensitivity - why bother?

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    Comment number 22.

    Sad & obviously a top man in the USA, but why this makes BBC news is beyond me. Has the UK officially become a state of the USA??

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    Comment number 21.

    @The Realist (18)

    This news is on the World Page and a so more than worthy story to mark Dick's passing.
    The BBC is a World Class organisation delivering what is regarded as impartial news reporting to all and for most their first stop on the Web for current events.

    Dick - You will be missed more than you know

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    Comment number 20.

    Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars

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    Comment number 19.

    In an age when labels such as "legend" are bandied about without much thought as to what they actually mean, this guy really was. He was a part of the lives of generations of Americans and I'm sure many will mourn his passing.

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    Comment number 18.

    It is always sad when somebody passes away, but this is not news outside of America because nobody heard of this unfortunate person. The BBC should really have spent money and resource reporting on news that concerns us.

    Regardless, RIP.

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    Comment number 17.

    Dick Clark was a MUSICAL icon. He helped to launch many careers in the US.While I understand this is the BBC's website, the article is listed under the World/USA&Canada tab. If you think that Mr Clark was only known in the US, you would be wrong. He was known world wide and was greatly respected by many musicians. Take a look at the link listed below and then say he was not influential.

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    Comment number 16.

    To those people complaining about this being 'americanisation' or something wrong with the BBC for reporting it, I would say this: there's a big old world out there, might be a good idea to go looking for it instead of looking for things to complain about.

    RIP Dick - US broadcasting legend but broadcasting legend all the same.

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    Comment number 15.

    Regarding an earlier comment, this has got nothing to do with the British Broadcasting Corporation, but everything to do with the passing of an internationally significant broadcaster and cultural personality. Geez. Can't we get past the mentality of the Little Englander!

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    Comment number 14.

    If most of the modern British DJ's and music show presenters didn't know who Dick Clark was then they should. Get some tapes of his shows, he understood that the acts and their music was the reason people tuned in, not him.

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    Comment number 13.

    Why all the slating of Icebloo? Have to say I agree with him. I have never heard of Dick Clark either and whilst I am sorry he has died there is no need for the rude comments about his post


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