Dick Clark is dead at the age of 82, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The legendary American Bandstand host and face of the New Year’s Eve countdown in Time Square died on Wednesday morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica.

Dick Clark died of a heart attack, spokesman Paul Shefrin said in a press statement. Clark had been at the Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica the previous day for an outpatient procedure, but it is unknown if that is related to the heart attack he suffered this morning.

Dick Clark died a legend who is known for being a driving force behind bringing rock n’ roll to the masses with American Bandstand. Always looking much younger than his actual age, Dick Clark was the iconic face of New Year’s Eve for decades. Even after suffering a stroke in 2004, Dick Clark continued to perform as much as he could manage.


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