Television pioneer, Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82. The ‘American Bandstand’ and, later, ‘Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve’ producer and host suffered a massive heart attack following an outpatient procedure, says publicist Paul Shefrin.
Clark passed at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, “attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful,” his publicist stated.
At the moment his family hasn’t decided on a public memorial but says there will be no funeral.
After his stroke back in 2004, following a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, Clark’s health has suffered tremendously over the years. So much so, he cut back on his television appearances and relinquished hosting duties to his annual ‘Dick Clark’s New York’s Rockin’ Eve’ special. The show has since been hosted by ‘American Idol’s own host, Ryan Seacrest.
Following the news of Clark’s passing, many celebs have shared their own thoughts and fondest memories of the important role he’s not only played in their lives but Americans all over the country. Here are a few celebrity tweets.
Ryan Seacrest: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.”
Quincy Jones: “Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who’s mark on American culture will be felt forever.”
Larry King: “Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company.”
Wendy Williams: “Rest in Peace Dick Clark. You will be missed.”
Piers Morgan: “RIP #DickClark – has anyone had more impact on music & television in last 60yrs? Amazing man, remarkable career. #ForNowDickClarkSoLong”
Fergie: “Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year’s Eve. http://pic.twitter.com/qbi9ub5C”
Joan Rivers: “Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!”
Jermaine Jackson: “#DickClark played a very special role in our lives, involved in our first concerts as J5. He was like family. What a man. RIP my friend”
Janet Jackson: “Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.”
Bethanny Frankel: “Dick Clark’s top 40 countdown was a part of my history. My head & heart are filled with memories. New year’s will never be the same”
Monica: “Sending out prayers to Mr.Dick Clark’s Family… May God keep & console you all