Legendary television host Dick Clark died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 82.
In addition to hosting “American Bandstand,” Clark was best known for his annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” celebration in Times Square. As the Post’s Becky Krystal noted in Clark’s obituary, “Mr. Clark had initially pitched the show as a hipper alternative to the long-standing broadcast tradition of airing Guy Lombardo’s big band playing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.”
The special first aired on Dec. 31, 1972. After suffering a stroke in December 2004, Clark had TV personality Regis Philbin stand in for him. The next year, his heir apparent Ryan Seacrest joined him as co-host.
While his speech was forever affected by the stroke, Clark still did the countdown honor until 2012 — his 40th and final New Year’s Eve.
He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1994 and served as spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
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 Kari Wigton in 1977.
Watch video of Clark ringing in the New Year in each decade since 1972 below.
Dick Clark: 1929-2012 Legendary producer, TV host has died
Dick Clark 1973 New Years Countdown
Dick Clark 1982 New Years Countdown
Dick Clark 1990 New Years Countdown
Dick Clark 2010 New Years Countdown
Dick Clark 2011 New Years Countdown
Dick Clark 2012 New Years Countdown
Watch video of New Years Ball Drops (1976-2011)