Dick Clark had history of heart problems
TV producer and host Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82, had a history of heart troubles, and the L.A. County Coroner's office said it had no plans to look into his death.
Clark, according to his publicist, suffered a "massive heart attack" and died after a medical procedure at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.
Coroner's Deputy Chief Ed Winter said that because there were no signs of anything unusual and because Clark "had a history of heart problems" and a death certificate was expected to be signed by a doctor at the hospital, there would be no further investigation. Winter said that under such circumstances, Clark's death -- like most others in L.A. County -- is not subject to the coroner's jurisdiction and his body won't be brought to the Mission Road facility.
Clark had a long career on both sides of the camera, hosting a New Year's Eve special from Times Square in New York City as well as "American Bandstand," the "$25,000 Pyramid" game show and specials such as the Miss USA pageant.
In 2004, Clark suffered a stroke and had been coping with its effects since. He had remained determined to appear on his New Year's Eve show, now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who often cites Clark as the model for his own career.
"Dick Clark was significant in transforming the record business into an international industry," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said in a citation. "His weekly televised record hops — which predated MTV by 25 years — played an integral role in establishing rock and roll, keeping it alive and shaping its future."
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Dick Clark in 2002. Credit: Lee Celano / AFP/Getty Images