Dick Clark, the legendary television producer who became a national icon with American Bandstand in 1950s, has died. He was 82.
Clark, known as the the “world’s oldest teenager,” produced American Bandstand for over 30 years. To younger audiences, he is perhaps best known for hosting ABC’s New Year’s Eve special. He started hosting that in 1972.
“The original American Bandstand was one of network TV’s longest-running series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna,” the AP reports.
In 2004, Clark suffered a stroke that affected his speech. Still, he continued to make television appearances.
Clark’s spokesman confirmed his death to NPR, but he did not provide a cause of death.