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Hollywood Remembers 'American Bandstand' Host Dick Clark (VIDEO)

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
April 19, 2012|9:42 am
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    Singer Fergie (L) producer Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest (R) host of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009" are shown in this undated publicity photograph. Fergie will host the west coast party on December 31, 2008 and perform with Seacrest in New York's Time Square with an appearance by Clark during the program New Year's Eve.

Dick Clark, America's renowned television and radio personality, died after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday and a number of celebrities took to social networking sites to remember the "American Bandstand" host.

The 82-year-old father of three is being remembered as a legend on Twitter, and fans including President Barack Obama expressed their sadness over death.

"He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was," President Obama wrote in a White House statement.

"Dick Clark was a great guy and one of the first people to play my records. He will be missed," Tony Bennett tweeted.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel," Ryan Seacrest, Clark's "Rockin' Eve" heir apparent, said in a statement to E! news.

"Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company," Larry King tweeted.

"Dick Clark was a true American Icon who did more for America and American race relations, music and entertainment," Montel Williams tweeted.

"Oh Goldie! Dick Clark! Not Clarke :(" Goldie Hawn tweeted.

"So true, so true....RT @carolina_ny: @RobinRoberts @GMA One was never alone on New Years as long as you had Dick Clark..," Robin Roberts ‏tweeted.

"R.I.P. Dick Clark. Your memory will live on eternally as an incredible legend," singer Mariah Carey tweeted.

"RIP Dick Clark, you will be forever missed," the late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, tweeted.

"There hasn't been any one show that had more impact on music then American Bandstand. Often imitated but never duplicated. RIP Dick Clark," rock musician Slash tweeted.

"Dick Clark will be missed because he, like Hank Sr., CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER," Hank Williams, Jr tweeted.

"Dick Clark When a man invites you to his home you learn the substance of whom he is, thank you for your love & wisdom You're The Best," singer MC HAMMER tweeted.

"I was blessed to work many years w/ Dick Clark in 2 careers- 1 as choreographer on American Bandstand choreographing for other artists.." Paula Abdul tweeted.

"Today we lost an American legend. Dick Clark shaped television as we know it. I'm gonna miss him," TV host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted.

 

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