Dick Clark, the TV host for many shows including "American Bandstand," and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday in Santa Monica Calif. He was 82, the New York Times reported.
Spokesman Paul Shefrin said Clark died of a heart attack at St. John's hospital, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure, MSN.com reported.
Clark had a stroke in 2004 shortly before he was suppose to appear on his New Year's Eve telecast. He returned a year later and continued to make brief appearances, despite that his speech had been affected by the stroke, the New York Times reported.
Clark had a boyish look to him which earned him the nickname of "the world's oldest teenager." He bridged the gap between the new rebellious music scene with traditional show business, according to MSN.com.
Clark hosted many award shows, comedy specials, shows based on T.V. outtakes and the game show "$10,000 Pyramid," according to the New York Times.
The original "American Bandstand" ran from 1957 to 1987 and introduced talents from Buddy Holly to Madonna, MSN.com reported.
He was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1929, according to MSN.com.
Clark's first two marriages ended in divorce, he is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton; three children, Richard, Duane, and Cindy; and two grandchildren, the New York Times reported.