News reports have confirmed that American game show host and television personality Dick Clark has been declared dead.
Reports announced Wednesday afternoon that the 82-year-old man died after suffering from a massive heart attack following an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate Clark proved unsuccessful.
Clark had suffered from a number of health issues which began in 2004 following a severe stroke. The game show host became known for his catch phrase "For now, Dick Clark ... so long."
Many suggested that Clark remained a relevant presence on television throughout his career due to his "relatable personality." CNN reported that Clark was one of the world's greatest entertainers. Following his 2004 stroke, Clark suffered from a speech impediment and never seemed to fully recover to his previous state.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Clark began his television career in 1945 at the WRUN mailroom. Clark quickly progressed from being a weatherman to an announcer and in 1956 became the full-time host of American Band Stand, a popular show that revealed teens dancing to Top 40 hit lists. The show was later picked up by ABC and eventually ownership of the show was transferred to Clark himself.
The host also became famous for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and the "Pyramid" game show along with a number of other game shows. According to E! News, Dick Clark's publicist confirmed the news shortly after it broke.
"Dick Clark passed away this morning (Wednesday) at the age of 82 following a massive heart attack," the publicist confirmed.
Clark is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children.