Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Respected Legend, Dick Clark dead at 82...

 Legend,  Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82.
Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the "American Bandstand" creator had a massive heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.

Clark's clean-cut image survived a music industry scandal. In 1960, during a congressional investigation of "payola" or bribery in the record and radio industry, Clark was called on to testify.
He was cleared of any suspicions but was required by ABC to divest himself of record-company interests to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. The demand cost him $8 million, Clark once estimated. His holdings included partial ownership of Swan Records, which later released the first U.S. version of the Beatles' smash "She Loves You."
In 2004, Clark announced plans for a revamped version of "American Bandstand." The show, produced with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, was to feature a host other than Clark.
He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and served as spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. With so much more to tell about this legend, we will simply sum things up by saying, he will be missed greatly and mourned heavily. Each New Years eve, he was there, and we will all feel this absence.
Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married and is survived by Kari Wigton in 1977. Read More here.

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