Dick Clark dies at 82


Longtime Malibu resident and entertainment icon Dick Clark died Wednesday morning in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. Clark became famous first as the host of American Bandstand, helping to introduce America to rock & roll as teenagers danced around him. For the next half-century, he was a constant presence on television as the host and producer of variety shows and other entertainment ventures through his personal company Dick Clark Productions.

He founded The American Music Awards, a competitor to the Grammys, in 1973, and was well known for his annual hosting gig on his New Year’s eve show.

Clark had been in poor health recently after suffering a stroke in 2004. Clark lived in Malibu for many years, and his unique home was listed for sale earlier this year.