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Dick Clark dead at 82

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LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- Dick Clark, longtime TV host, whose trademark Rockin' Eve became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died Wednesday.

According to ABC News, Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in a statement that the veteran host died Wednesday morning following a "massive heart attack." He was 82.

Clark had continued performing even after he suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

Clark hosted an annual New Year's Eve special and supplied a variety of game shows and music specials to TV, including and the American Music Awards.

The original "American Bandstand" was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

 

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