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Dick Clark dies of 'massive heart attack' after procedure

April 18, 2012 |  1:15 pm

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Click for more information on Dick ClarkTV producer and host Dick Clark died of a "massive heart attack" after a medical procedure at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, his spokesman said.

Law enforcement sources said there are no signs of anything unusual and that a death certificate is expected to be signed by a doctor at the hospital with no further investigation.

Clark had a long career on both sides of the camera, hosting the New Year's Eve special from Times Square in New York City as well as "American Bandstand," "$25,000 Pyramid" and specials such as the Miss USA pageant.

PHOTOS: Dick Clark | 1929-2012

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."


Dick Clark mourned

Photos: Dick Clark | 1929 - 2012

Dick Clark, pioneer of radio and TV

--Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

Photo: Dick Clark in 2002. Credit: Lee Celano / AFP/Getty Images