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Celebrities React to the Death of Dick Clark - Looking Back

By Staff
Apr 19, 2012
Remembering Dick Clark.

American broadcaster and TV icon Dick Clark has died and celebrities are reacting to the man some called the world's oldest teenager.

The 'American Bandstand' host passed away from a "massive heart attack" at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday April 19, 2012.

He was staying at the facility after undergoing an outpatient procedure the previous night.

Dick's agent, Paul Shefrin, said: "Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy."

Dick - who was 82 - was nicknamed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his youthful looks and made his name with 'American Bandstand', one of network TV's longest-running series, airing on ABC from 1957 to 1987.

Teenagers were shown dancing to the latest records on the show, interspersed with sections of Dick talking to them and getting them to "rate-a-record."

Stars who appeared on it included Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis,

Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

He also created and fronted 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' from 1972, which saw him host a huge New Year party in Times Square, New York, annually. Although it was taken off air in 1999, he continued to host the December 31 party in the iconic square.

Dick had slowed his work rate after suffering a stroke in 2004, but continued as a media personality and working for his company Dick Clark Productions - responsible for shows such as 'Pyramid', 'Scattergories' and 'The Challengers'.

In his career, Dick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll hall of fame and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He also received a total of five Emmy Awards, one of which was a Lifetime Achievement award.

Celebrities react...

"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. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him." — Ryan Seacrest.

"I loved Dick Clark. He was so instrumental in my career as well as all the other Motown acts and so many others in the recording business. Good bye my friend, rest in peace." — Smokey Robinson.

"Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark's New Year's Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe. I remember one New Year's Eve, he and I stood in Times Square marveling about how much the area — and the City — had improved over the years. But Dick Clark never had to change — he was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers." — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!" — Joan Rivers.

"Condolences to the family of Dick Clark. We join them in mourning his passing, & will never forget his achievements in entertainment & music." — House Speaker John Boehner.

"Just heard the news of Dick Clark. It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend. Rest well DC.."— Mario Lopez.

"REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir." — Snoop Dogg.

"Back in the 1960's the pop culture catch-phrase was 'Never trust anyone over 30.' Dick Clark was trustworthy all the way home. Rock on Sir!" — Ann Wilson of Heart."So sorry about passing of Dick Clark. A man with the gift of discovering talented musicians he also was a consummate producer/lovely man RIP" — Marlee Matlin.

"Not 2 many people actually deserve the term "legend", Dick Clark embodied it & never lost his humility or humanity. We will miss him!" — Gloria Estefan.

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