Dick Clark, the longtime host of "New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday at the age of 82. Clark suffered a "massive heart attack," according to his publicist. Click inside for videos, photos and more.
Dick Clark, the longtime host of "New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday at the age of 82. Clark suffered a "massive heart attack," according to his publicist.
Clark created "New Year's Rockin' Eve" in 1972 and hosted every year until 2004, although he appeared on the show after that. Ryan Seacrest took over for Clark in 2005 and has hosted the popular show ever since.
Clark was best known as the host of the popular TV program "American Bandstand," which ABC picked up in 1957. Clark interviewed Elvis Presley for his first show, and he had stars perform such as The Jackson 5, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.
He is also credited for breaking the color barrier by bringing on black artists who may have not otherwise had a chance to appear on TV or be picked up by white radio stations.
Other artists who appeared on "American Bandstand" –– some making their television debut on the show –– include Buddy Holly, Simon and Garfunkel, The Supremes and Frankie Avalon. The show ended in 1987. In 2010, "American Bandstand" and Dick Clark were both honored at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2004, Clark revealed on "Larry King Live" that he had type 2 diabetes. In December of that year, he suffered a heart attack that put him in the hospital. Clark wasn't healthy enough to host his annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" in 2004 –– the first time since 1972 –– and Regis Philbin was his substitute.
Clark was married three times and had three children.