Posted: Apr 18 2012
HOLLYWOOD – Entertainment legend Dick Clark died earlier Wednesday. The famed TV producer was 82.
Paul Shefrin, a rep for the entertainment legend, told ABC News his client suffered a “massive heart attack.”
The Mount Vernon, N.Y., native, who was born Richard Wagstaff Clark, became a breakout star after being chosen to host “American Bandstand,” an afternoon dance show for teenagers, which debuted nationally in 1957.He went on to form his own production company and put out many popular shows, from the hidden camera series “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” to game show “$25,000 Pyramid.”
He also produced many TV award shows, including the Golden Globes and was the ‘count down guy’ at New York’s Time Square, who counted America into a New Year for the past 22 years.
In 2004 Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak.
He is survived by his three children and his third wife, Keri Wigton, to whom he has been married since 1977.
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