TV legend Dick Clark is dead at 82 his spokesman Paul Shefrin has confirmed, after first initial reports surfaced from TMZ.
Shefrin says the producer and former host of “American Bandstand” suffered a massive heart attack. Clark underwent a procedure last night at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles with the heart attack following.
Clark had admitted to having type 2 diabetes and, in 2004, suffered a severe stroke. He retired from hosting “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve” in 2006 when “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest joined the production.
“American Bandstand” ran from 1952-1989. Clark started hosting the dance program in 1956 and continued for the entire run of the show.
He also produced thousands of hours of television that included several awards shows such as the Emmys, Golden Globes and the American Music Awards. In addition, he also produced a plethora of game shows and TV movies that included 1983′s “The Demon Murder Case,” 1981′s “Murder in Texas,” and 1979′s “Elvis,” starring Kurt Russell.