Yesterday, I was shocked to read about the death of America's oldest teenager, Dick Clark. Although it came at the ripe old age of 82, it still came as a bit of a shock given his (relatively) youthful appearance and seeming health. Despite his healthful appearance, he had suffered from a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes and a stroke suffered in 2004. In the end, it was a heart attack that took his life.
Dick Clark played host in a variety of contexts, but was perhaps best known for American Bandstand and New Years' Rockin' Eve. In these hosting gigs, he played a big part in introducing America to new music and bringing favorites to the screen. He has been been perhaps the most iconic host in entertainment and he will be missed.
Goodbye, Dick Clark
Dick Clark interviewing The Beach Boys on American Bandstand (1964)