TMZ was the first news outlet to confirm that TV personality, producer, “American Bandstand” and “Rockin New Year’s Eve” host, Richard Wagstaff Clark, died today. He was 82 years old.
Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin released a statement saying that the TV maven suffered a massive heart attack this morning.
Working in media from the time he was in high school, Clark had been dealing with health issues since 2004 when he suffered a stroke. Despite the minor setback, Clark went on to host the New Year’s Eve Countdown alongside Ryan Seacrest up until this year.
This is a great loss in American culture, considering Clark has helped many Americans welcome in the New Year for the past three decades.
Rest in Peace.