Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer, died today at the age of 82, ABC News reported.
Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack." Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful, Shefrin said.
Famed for his hosting duties on American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve, Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that forced him largely into retirement, although he continued to make appearances on the New Year's Eve special alongside Ryan Seacrest. His stroke came a year after he announced that he had Type 2 diabetes, Los Angeles Independent reported.
His company, Dick Clark Productions, produces shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and awards broadcasts including the Golden Globes, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.
Clark also hosted the Pyramid game series and TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes. He has also hosted pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
Clark is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton, and three children from previous marriages.