Dick Clark Dead at 82 Jillian Bowe April 18, 2012 2 Comments Radio and TV legend Dick Clark passed away today after having a massive heart attack. He was 82. According to TMZ, "America's Oldest Teenager", as he was dubbed, was in the hospital for an outpatient prodecure last night. Best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1956 to 1989 and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, which he began in 1972. Clark never missed a show until 2004, when he suffered a stroke and gave the duties over to Ryan Seacrest. In 2006, Secreast took over hosting duties with Clark serving as a co-host. The company Clark founded, Dick Clark Productions, also produced countless awards ceremonies over the years. Clark is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton and three children from his previous marriages.