R.I.P. Dick Clark

The "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" host passes away at 82.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Reports have emerged that Dick Clark died this morning from a massive heart attack at the age of 82.

Born Richard Wagstaff Clark, the man who would become known as “America’s Oldest Teenager” began his entertainment career as a DJ in Philadelphia before guest hosting "Bob Horn's Bandstand" in the early '50s. By 1956, Clark took over the show and it was subsequently rebranded into "American Bandstand" and picked up for a national run by ABC.

"American Bandstand" innovated a forum for rock and roll artists to appear on television and reach a massive audience. The series ran daily until 1963, before eventually settling into a weekly run that lasted until 1989.

In 1972, Clark began hosting "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," which quickly became a popular yearly event. Clark hosted every year until his stroke in 2004, before he made subsequent appearances besides the event's new host, Ryan Seacrest. Clark also hosted several other TV programs, including "The $10,000 Pyramid," "TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes" and his Dick Clark Productions company produced the American Music Awards, the Golden Globes, the NBC drama "American Dreams" and several other projects.

Clark was also a frequent presence on the radio as well, with hosting stints on "Countdown USA," "The Dick Clark National Music Survey" and "U.S. Music Survey."

CraveOnline extends our condolences and best wishes to all of Clark's family, friends and fans across the world.