He’s a teenager no more.
Dick Clark, the creator of "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," died Wednesday morning, his rep tells FoxNews.com.
He was 82.
Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, according to his family.
Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.
I guess I’ve expected this for some time. The guy really seemed to have a tough time coming back from that terrible stroke he had in 2004. At the time it was reported as “minor” but it was anything but. It took the life out of him.
And then he returned to air, and he was a pro, but it wasn’t the Dick Clark we remembered. Still, he gave it his all.
I loved American Bandstand.
Every Saturday throughout the early 70’s, my mom would turn on AB and we would watch. She loved the dance contests. I remember seeing performances (albeit, lip sync) from so many influential bands. The Jackson Five, The Guess Who, KC and the Sunshine Band. I saw them all, when they were new, singing their first big hit. And we can all thank Dick for that magic.
An end of an era, for sure. So, long.
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