9 photos that capture Dick Clark, who died today at 82

Longtime host of “American Bandstand” Dick Clark died Wednesday of a heart attack, at the age of 82. Clark, the host of ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” had a stroke in 2004 and did not appear on air Dec. 31 of that year. He returned on Dec. 31, 2005, with Ryan Seacrest as his co-host and eventual successor. Here are some photos of Clark through the years:

In this 1957 file photo, Dick Clark is seen surrounded by fans during a television broadcast of “American Bandstand,” which debuted that year. (AP Photo/File)

In this Feb. 3, 1959 file photo, Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. That same year, the U.S. Senate started investigating an industry-wide music payola scheme, but Clark was never charged. (AP Photo/File)
Clark was married three times in his life. This is a photo of him with his first wife Barbara and his son Richard, then 3 1/2, at their home outside Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 1960. They divorced in 1961 and he married his second wife the following year. They too divorced. He was married to his third wife, Kari, at the time of his death. (AP Photo)
“America’s Oldest Teenager” celebrates his 47th birthday with singer Barry Manilow and comic David Brenner in Santa Monica, Calif., on December 1, 1976.
Dick Clark shines a new sign that changes a portion of Philadelphia’s Market Street to American Bandstand Boulevard on October 27, 1981, to recognize the 30th anniversary of the popular dance program that originated in Philadelphia. The show moved to Hollywood in 1964 and went off the air in 1989. (AP Photo)
Dick Clark, left, and singer Chubby Checker get together in New York Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 1991. Checker, who got the name “Chubby” from Clark’s wife, first appeared on Clark’s television show April 29, 1959 and did the Twist Sept. 29, 1960. There’s debate over how racially integrated “American Bandstand” really was. (Richard Drew/AP)
In this Dec. 31, 1996 file photo, Dick Clark broadcasts during New Year’s festivities from Times Square in New York, as he did almost every year for 40 years from 1972 to 2012. (Wally Santana/AP)
In this April 20, 2002 file photo, Dick Clark introduces Michael Jackson on stage during the taping of “American Bandstand”‘s 50th anniversary special in Pasadena, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian, File/AP)
Dick Clark, left, was seated with Ryan Seacrest, his New Year’s Eve successor, during the “American Bandstand” Tribute at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2010, in Las Vegas. (Eric Jamison/AP)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Renee-Flores-Knop/100000277699318 Renee Flores Knop

    During childhood years like yesterday,early on Saturday’s my father would turn the t.v. on to American Bandstand.  Us kids would dance and run away and return to dance again.

  • Anonymous

    growing up with dick clark and music,watching his legacy getting older,his looks not at all ageing and always had class.he will be remembered and thought of every new year.Lord Jesus bless his family and all who believe.

  • Anonymous

    Dick Clark was in more living rooms (on TV) than any other person in music.

    He inspired generations of kids and became an American icon.

    Clark launched many a career and had the hottest acts.

    He was Mr. Music.

    He will be missed, but never forgotten.

    George Vreeland Hill