dick clark*The AP is reporting that Dick Clark, the host of the long running “American Bandstand” dance show has died. He was 82.

Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died Wednesday morning following a “massive heart attack.”

From Wikipedia:
Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark(November 30, 1929 — April 18, 2012) was an American game-show host, radio and television personality, and businessman[3]. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Clark was long known for his departing catchphrase, “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker “America’s Oldest Teenager.”

Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show since then.

Watch as Dick Clark interviews a young Michael Jackson: