Dick Clark pictured at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards in June 2010
New Year’s Eve at Times Square in New York City will never be the same. Legendary entertainment mogul Dick Clark, best known for his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in the Big Apple, has passed away at 82-years-old.
The “American Bandstand”; host and entrepreneur’s rep confirms that he died following a massive heart attack, announced by his family.
The full statement: “Clark… had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”;
Nicknamed “America’s Oldest Teenager”;, he touched the lives of so many in radio and television in Hollywood and fans from around the world.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg released the following statement:”;Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark’s New Years Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe. I remember one New Years Eve, he and I stood in Times Square marveling about how much the area – and the City – had improved over the years. But Dick Clark never had to change – he was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers.”;
Barry Manilow’s rep released the following statement: “This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now.”
Gloria Estefan had the following to say: “Not too many people actually deserve the term “legend”;, Dick Clark embodied it & never lost his humility or humanity. We will miss him! Our sincerest condolences to Dick Clark’s wife, Kari, his family & all who loved & admired him which includes the whole Estefan clan!”;
Official statement from Kenny Rogers:”;I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80’s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone–especially by those who knew him well.”;
It’s no surprise that #DickClark and New Year’s Eve are trending as Ryan Seacrest and many other stars have taken to Twitter to remember the icon:
Ryan Seacrest: “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. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”;
Fergie: “Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year’s Eve.”;
Rob Lowe: “Had the pleasure to work with Dick Clark when I was 15. He was charming and kind; a true American icon that will live forever.”;
Boyz II Men: “RIP to another legend! We will miss u Dick Clark! Thank I for EVERYTHING u have done for us all!!!”;
Sinbad: “Okay people we just lost dick clark. He gave me one of my first jobs in hollywood. I will always be grateful. Gonna miss you brother Clark.”;
David Boreanaz: “R.I.P. Dick Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same.”;
Matthew Morrison: “A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed.”;
Denise Richards: “My heart goes out to Dick Clark’s family and loved ones… we lost a legend.”;
Josh Groban: “REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir.”;
Joan Rivers: “Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!”;
Simple Plan: “RIP Dick Clark: we played his show once and he was a total gentleman. He was a huge influence on american TV.”;