Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with "American Bandstand," and whose trademark "Rockin' Eve" became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died today at the age of 82.
Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack."
An American icon. We let our kids stay up on New Year's even this past year for the first time, and of course we watched Dick Clark. We had to explain to them that there really weren't any other acceptable options, even though Clark was struggling to speak as a result of his stroke.