Dick Clark Passes Away at 82 From a Massive Heart Attack

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Dick Clark 1929-2012 (today.msnbc.msn.com)

Dick Clark, iconic host of long-running television shows like American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, passed away today at the age of 82 after suffering a massive heart attack.

“America’s Oldest Teenager,” as Clark was affectionately referred to for his youthful appearance, pulled out of the spotlight in recent years after a stroke in 2004 impaired his speech. Clark handed over hosting duties for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to Ryan Seacrest in 2005/2006 and has acted as co-host ever since.

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