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)
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.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012
This story has been updated.
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