Dick Clark has died at the age of 82. He passed away in Los Angeles after suffering a massive heart attack.
The industry legend was born in Mount Vernon, New York and he went on to pursue his passion for showbusiness as a student at Syracuse University, working as a local DJ.
Upon graduating in 1951, he took a job at his father’s radio station in upstate New York.
His career really took off when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host his own musical show, Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music, and in 1956 he launched popular TV show American Bandstand, which featured famous faces like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
He went on to launch Dick Clark Productions in 1963, and became famous for producing television awards shows and specials like Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which quickly became a longstanding tradition as a celebration of ushering in the new year.
Clark’s health deteriorated in recent years and he suffered a stroke in 2004.
Despite his poor health, frail body and speech problems, Clark returned to the annual New Year’s Eve countdown show to wish a happy New Year and share a kiss with his wife.