Dick Clark, legendary TV personality dies at 82

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Legendary TV personality and American Icon Dick Clark died today, April 18, 2012 from a heart attack.

Best known for his work on American Bandstand and Rockin’ Eve, among countless other programs, people young and old know and recognize the entertainment icon for his contributions in the world of radio and television.

Back in 2004 Clark suffered a stroke, but that did not stop him. One year after suffering a stroke that drastically affected his speech, he returned triumphantly to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to bring in the new year with co-host Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest has been the prominent co-host in recent years.

Clark’s youthful appearance and attitude earned him the nickname “America’s Oldest Teenager,” and while he may no longer be with us, the wonder of video will allow his legacy to live on. He is survived by his three children and wife, Keri Wigton.

As a final “salute” to Dick Clark we say in his own words, “For now, Dick Clark…so long.”

In his honor, here are a few videos:

From American Bandstand:

Dick Clark was interviewed in 1999 for the Archive of American Television. In this excerpt, he discusses New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and how it first came about.

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