Dick Clark, Host of American Bandstand, Is Dead at 82

Dick Clark

TMZ first reported his death of a massive heart attack this morning. He was in an LA hospital following a procedure at the time he suffered the coronary.

After suffering a stroke in 2004, he had to give up his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve event which he began in 1972.

TMZ: …In addition, Clark also hosted a bunch of game shows — like “Pyramid,” “Scattergories,” “The Challengers,” and many more.

Clark had been inducted into practically every hall of fame on the planet — including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Clark had also received a total of 5 Emmy Awards for his work, as well as a Peabody Award. One Emmy was a lifetime achievement award.

Clark was married 3 times — and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.

“For now, Dick Clark … so long.”…

Performance with Johnny Rotten originally of the Sex Pistols, later Public Image Limited –

Dick Clark, left, is seen with wife, Kari Wigton after the American Bandstand Tribute at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards


IBTimes:…Clark married childhood sweetheart Barbara Mallery, whom he met in high school, in 1952, according to Clark’s IMDB page.

Clark’s marriage to wife Barbara, which did not produce any children [Error – They had one son, Richard Augustus II], lasted a little more than eight years before they divorced in 1961.

Clark married wife No. 2, Loretta Martin, the next year.

The couple had two children, Duane and Cindy. They divorced in March 1973.

Dick Clark eventually found lasting love in third wife Kari Clark, from their marriage in 1977 until his death.

The No. 7 was a theme of their wedding, and the number lived up to its lucky reputation through the couple’s enduring bond.

Dick and Kari Clark were wed on July 7, 1977 (7/7/77) in a ceremony that started at 7 p.m., according to IMDB. The site pointed out that Dick Clark’s post office box for his Burbank, Calif., address was No. 7777.

Clark rose to fame as host of the 1970s show “American Bandstand” and is best known to younger fans from decades of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

For the 2011 production of the New Year’s extravaganza, Clark didn’t let the effects of his 2004 stroke get in the way of his duties as he counted down to the new year…