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'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has died

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 18, 2012 at 2:57 p.m.

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In this image released by ABC, Dick Clark, right, and Ryan Seacrest are shown in New York. Clark died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 82.

— Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” has died. He was 82.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin says Clark died but did not provide further details. Clark had continued performing even after he suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark also was a successful businessman. He hosted an annual New Year’s Eve special and supplied a variety of game shows and music specials to TV, including and the American Music Awards.

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.

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Texan1944 says... April 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.

In hte late 50's and early 60's, I spent sooo much time in front of the TV watching American Bandestand A few years ago, he hosted a fundraiser for thecranialfacial foundation in Dallas. I paid $200.00 per ticket just to finally see him in person. I can not dance and my girlfriend was surprised that I, of all people, wanted to go to a dance. She was even more surprised when I asked her to dance a slow dance just so I could get close to the stage while he was on stage. Great Loss to music fans; especially the " oldies but goodies" group.

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