American Bandstand Host Dick Clark Dies Essay

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Dick Clark, the American TV producer and host of long-running shows such as American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve, has died. He was 82. Clark suffered a massive heart attack Wednesday morning, spokesman Paul Shefrin said. He died at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had gone the day before for an outpatient procedure. Clark had suffered a significant stroke in 2004, forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at New Years' Rockin' Eve, which he created in 1972. He appeared annually on the show, now hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest said he was saddened by the loss. "I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel," Seacrest said. "He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him." Clark was a successful businessman who created Dick Clark Productions. His company created the New Year's Eve special, game shows such as $25,000 Pyramid and TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, which he hosted with his friend Ed McMahon, as well as music specials such as the American Music Awards. previous1 of 7next Pioneering music television host Dick Clark, who hosted American Bandstand in the ‘50s and ‘60s and decades of televised New Year's Eve celebrations, died of a heart attack at the age of 82 on April 18, 2012. Here, Clark and current host Ryan Seacrest celebrate 40 years of the Rockin' Eve show at ABC Studios in New York last year. (Ida Mae Astute/ABC/AP) The original American Bandstand, which displayed a range of U.S. musicians in TV performances, was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson and Madonna. Clark was born Nov. 30, 1929, and raised in Mount Vernon,

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