Unfortunately, hosting legend Dick Clark did not survive a massive heart attack this morning (April 18th) at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica. Despite his passing, Clark’s television and music legacy will live forever.
That handsome devil was the mastermind behind The $25,000 Pyramid, the American Music Awards and TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes. According to CBS News, Clark had shows on all three networks during one point in the 1980s, earning himself a spot in Forbes 400 Wealthiest Americans.
“There’s hardly any segment of the population that doesn’t see what I do,” Clark told The Associated Press in 1985. ”It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about.”
In 2004, Clark suffered a stroke which forced him to miss his annual end-of-year special, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Ryan Seacrest took over hosting duties, but Clark still made appearances.
“I have accomplished my childhood dream, to be in show business,” Clark said at the 2006 Emmy Awards, where he was honored. ”Everybody should be so lucky to have their dreams come true. I’ve been truly blessed.”