Veteran television personality Dick Clark dead at 82

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Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:59 PM
Veteran television personality Dick Clark dead at 82

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark, whose long-running television dance show helped rock 'n' roll win acceptance in mainstream America, has died at age 82, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Clark, one of America's best-known TV personalities, parlayed his "Bandstand" fame into a career as a producer and host of dozens of other shows, including ABC's annual New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square. His youthful good looks -- which he maintained into his 70s -- won him the nickname of "America's oldest teenager." He suffered a stroke in 2004.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)