"After six tours in the 60's with Dick Clark - I can truthfully say he was the finest gentleman I have ever worked with in the business" - Teen Idol, Mike Clifford
Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82. TMZ first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. A rep told the site that Clark underwent surgery Tuesday night and suffered a heart attack following the procedure.
Clark started his career as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, N.Y., when he was 17.
His long-running show, "American Bandstand," was on the air from 1957-1989. "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" began in 1972 and continues to this day with Ryan Seacrest.
Clark launched the American Music Awards in 1973. He became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1993.
Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. He continued performing even after the stroke, even though it had affected his ability to speak and walk.
Hey Dick, Keep On Rockin' !