Dick Clark Dead At 82: Andrew Cuomo Weighs In On a "True New Yorker"
|The world's oldest teenager.|
Legendary TV personality Dick Clark died today at the age of 82 -- and Governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to weigh in on the passing of a "true New Yorker."
"Today, we mourn the passing of Dick Clark, an American icon and a true New Yorker who was born in Mount Vernon, graduated from Syracuse University, and began his legendary career in Utica," Cuomo says in a statement. "Dick Clark became a household name as host of the iconic show American Bandstand, and for more than three decades the world joined him to usher in the New Year from New York City's Times Square. We will remember his energy, youthful spirit, and passion for his work."
Clark had a heart attack this morning at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California, where he was admitted yesterday for an outpatient procedure.
Clark has been a fixture of American television since he first hosted American Bandstand in 1956. He went on to found Dick Clark Productions, which is responsible for shows like The $25,000 Pyramid, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and the American Music Awards.
Clark was often called "the world's oldest teenager" because the guy simply didn't age -- he looked better at 82 than a lot of people do at 42.
Clark will certainly be missed next New Year's Eve when -- for the first time in this writer's lifetime -- he won't help people across the world ring in a "rockin'" new year in Times Square.
Dick Clark: dead at 82.