American Idol 2012 Pays Tribute to Dick Clark

American Idol 2012 is in a last minute scramble to put together a ‘fitting tribute’ to late American Bandstand host Dick Clark for the live show on Wednesday night. Dick Clark died Wednesday morning of a heart attack at the age of 82.

American Idol 2012 host Ryan Seacrest was especially upset by the death of legendary TV host Dick Clark as he has cohosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve since 2005/2006. Dick Clark suffered a dehabilitating stroke in 2004 and could no longer host the show on his own. Ryan Seacrest was officially named his successor a couple of years ago.

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Dick Clark Dead at 82 from Heart Attack

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.