(WXIA) -- Legendary television producer and host Dick Clark has died at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
Clark's agent confirmed the news in a statement that the 82-year-old TV and music legend, who brought rock and roll into the American living room, died of a "massive heart attack" this morning.
Born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, New York, on November 30, 1929, he began his broadcast career working at a radio station managed by his father.
Clark is most widely known as host of several long-running television shows, including the legendary dance show"American Bandstand," the game-show "Pyramid" in various incarnations and annual New Year's Eve staple"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."
His "American Bandstand," which he began as a local TV show in Philadelphia in 1956, earned him the nickname "America's oldest living teenager." The show was picked up by ABC and broadcast nationally a year later.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Clark in its nonperformer category in 1993.
Clark suffered what was then described as "a mild stroke" in December 2004, just months after announcing he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
That stroke forced Clark to cut back on his on-camera work, including giving up the hosting duties for the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials. He reappeared as a co-host with Ryan Seacrest beginningDecember 31, 2005.
Clark has been married three times -- and has three children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.
In New York, a Thomson Reuterseditor tweeted a photo of the Times Square ball at half-mast in honor of Clark.