Dick Clark, Legendary TV Personality, Dead at 82

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Dick Clark, one of the most iconic radio and TV personalities of the last 50 years, has passed away of a heart attack. He was 82.

Often referred to as "America’s Oldest Teenager," Clark debuted in 1957 on American Bandstand. He hosted that daily musical showcase through 1963 and then took over Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, which he emceed every December 31 from 1972 through 2011.

Dick Clark

Clark also hosted game shows such as the $25,000 Pyramid and sat in front of the microphone on the radio series Rock, Roll & Remember from 1982 to 2004, when he suffered a stroke.

Clark was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1994 Emmys. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest has released a statement saying he's forever "indebted" to Clark, while President Obama has weighed in with:

"[Clark] reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer and, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year.

"But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel - as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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