The world of entertainment has suffered a tragic loss today as EW.com is reporting that legendary TV host and presenter Dick Clark has died at the age of 82. Clark passed away in a Los Angeles hospital after he suffered a massive heart attack following an outpatient procedure last night.
Clark was perhaps best known as host of the long running teen music and pop culture show American Bandstand which ran daily on ABC from 1957 to 1963, then weekly from '63 to 1987, and finally in syndication from '87 to 1989. If there's one other project that cemented his legacy in television, it's the yearly New Year's Rockin' Eve specials he hosted every year from 1972 until he suffered a stroke in 2004. Recurring health issues lead him to split hosting duties with Ryan Seacrest in subsequent years.
These were hardly Clark's only accomplishments though. He served as host for various incarnations of the game show The $__,000 Pyramid throughout the 70's and 80's and hosted other programs such as TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes which became a staple network time filler when the network airing it needed to plug a hole in its primetime schedule. His production company was also behind the American Music Awards and the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC drama American Dreams. In addition to all his TV work, Clark also hosted a weekly radio countdown show entitled The Dick Clark National Music Survey that long served as a rival to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 broadcasts.
America has truly lost a cultural icon today. Whether it was while watching the ball drop in Times Square, watching the latest bands play their hits on the American Bandstand stage, or laughing at TV's funniest bloopers, chances are good that at some point in your life Dick Clark occupied your attention through your TV screen. For his nearly 60 year career in entertainment, we should all take a second to remember the legend known as Dick Clark.
On behalf of the staff of TV Rage, I would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Clark. May he rest in peace.