The death of Dick Clark, the “world’s oldest teenager,” has immediately reverberated amid social media users, with prominent tweeters rushing to post their condolences.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark,” his sometimes colleague and perhaps heir apparent Ryan Seacrest posted a moment ago on his Twitter feed. “He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Clark, who died of a heart attack at age 82, is survived by wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane, and Cindy.
The “American Bandstand” icon and longtime host of New Year’s Eve festivities, Clark had been slowed in recent years after suffering a stroke.
Seacrest has since taken on that role, hosting the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
The phrases “Dick Clark,” “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Eve” became top trending topics on Twitter within minutes of the first reports of his death. Celebrity tweeters such as actress Denise Richards began weighing in. “My heart goes out to Dick Clark’s family and loved ones…we lost a legend,” posted Richards, who was in Atlanta earlier this year filming a role in Tyler Perry’s movie “Madea’s Witness Protection.”
“Dick Clark changed the face of musical television,” said Janet Jackson. “He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.”
“Dick Clark was one of a kind,” said “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” personality Ty Pennington. “His passion for music was only rivaled by his passion for people.”
“Very sad to hear about Dick Clark,” posted comedienne and red carpet fashion pundit Joan Rivers. “What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!”
U.S. Sen. John McCain posted, ”RIP Dick Clark – thanks for the many years of entertainment.”
And CNN’s Don Lemon noted the death of longtime “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius earlier this year, tweeting, ”There is a HUGE dance party in heaven right now lead by #DickClark & #DonCornelius.”
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