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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Reporters and fans gather around Dick Clark's star on Vine near Sunset Blvd.
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Disc jockey television personality Dick Clark looks over some papers during an American Bandstand show in Philadelphia in this undated photo. (AP Photo)
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with Dick Clark at a taping of 'American Bandstand's 50th....A Celebration' at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, Ca. Friday, April 19, 2002.
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Entertainer Milton Berle, once known as "Mr. Television," left, jokes with Emmy Awards' executive producer Dick Clark during a rehersal of the show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, in Pasadena, Calif.. The 48th annual Emmy Awards show takes place Sunday, Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Dick Clark and Cher at the taping of 'American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration' at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Ca. Saturday, April 20, 2002.
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 1959 file photo, Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Dick Clark, Stevie Wonder and Babyface at the taping of 'American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration' at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Ca. Saturday, April 20, 2002
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Ca. to tape his performance for Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration', Saturday, April 20, 2002
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Flowers lay on Dick Clark's star on Vine near Hollywood Blvd.
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TV pioneer Dick Clark at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Dick Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
Dick Clark and Little Richard at the taping of 'American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration' at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Ca. Sunday, April 21, 2002.
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We've included audio of KPCC's Steve Julian interviewing Dion Dimucci of "Dion and the Belmonts" fame about working with Dick Clark in "American Bandstand."

Dick Clark has died at 82 following a "massive heart attack," said his spokesman Paul Shefrin in a statement on Wednesday, according to ABC News and TMZ. Shefrin said the entertainment pioneer died at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, where he had gone the day before for an outpatient procedure.

The television host, producer and pop music messenger -- whose longtime boyish looks earned him the nickname the "world's oldest teenager" --  is most famous for his contributions to American Bandstand and his trademark Rockin' New Year's Eve broadcasts.

Clark's storied entertainment career began in the mailroom of his local radio station and grew to include game shows, award shows and specials. A long-time entertainment fixture, Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that left him struggling to speak and partially paralyzed.

He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children. Flowers will be placed on the icon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 3:30 p.m., NBC LA announced.

From his groundbreaking interviews on American Bandstand, to the game show excellence of the $25,000 Pyramid, to the 'Bloopers' empire turned genre, to his legendary Times Square Rockin' Eve New Year's celebrations, here is a video sampling of our decades-long relationship with the ultimate pop culture narrator, Dick Clark.

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This story has been updated.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner