Legendary entertainment icon Dick Clark passed away from a heart attack yesterday morning, and Disney CEO Bob Iger issued a statement expressing his deepest condolences.
For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy. On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do.
Clark was most well-known for hosting American Bandstand, but he has had a long career in the entertainment industry. His youthful demeanor earned him the name “America’s Oldest Teenager,” while his signature departing catchphrase – “For now, Dick Clark… so long” – will always be remembered, along with his military salute that accompanied the farewell.
Clark is survived by his three children and third wife.