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Dick Clark dominates celebrity Twitter feeds; share your condolences

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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.

Here is a link to a gallery of photos throughout Clark’s career. Here is a link to an obituary posted by the Associated Press.

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.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

47 comments Add your comment

Justin

April 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Dick Clark was a class act and will truly be missed. RIP Dick and thanks for the memories!

Verdawg

April 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

A lifetime of memories! We’ll miss you Dick!

Hmmm.....

April 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

RIP Dick. Loved you on TV… New years won’t ever be the same.

SM

April 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

Thanks Dick, for the music, the memories, and for proving you’re only as young as you feel. RIP my friend.

Brad

April 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

RIp Mr. Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same without you. You will be missed.

Michelle

April 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

R.I.P. Dick Clark! You will be greatly missed! Much love I hope to see you again in heaven one day! I will greatly miss New Years Eve!</3

verdi Avila

April 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

When I was a teen, I learned to dance watching American Bandstand, an icon for all of us who rocked and rolled with a broom or chair so we could impress the girls, lot’s of vaseline in the Elvis hairdo, long since gone.. Rest in peace, teeny boper

Judi Tallent

April 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

He was the World’s first TV Disc Jockey. The first thing I did every day when I got home from school was to turn on the TV to American Bandstand! He’ll be spinning the tunes in Heaven! RIP

mslady

April 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

Dick Clark will be missed. RIP

Gael

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

R.I.P. Dick Clark…you have now stepped into your ‘new year’, will miss you immensely!

C from Marietta

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

RIP Mr Clark. I know heaven is a much better place with his arrival.

WTF

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

He was a great one.

Valerie

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

Great guy! Rest in Heaven Dick.

Kitty

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

RIP Dick Clark – I agree NYE will not be the same without you :-( ((((

scott

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

“it has a good beat and you can dance to it”…..so long Dick Clark

A

April 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

One of the best. We all grew up with him!

DU WHUT

April 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

JSD

April 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Many years and many happy memories – RIP!

gnomeboy

April 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

RIP Dick Clark.

Sue Ellen Ewing

April 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

RIP Dick Clark…….

CJ

April 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

What a great legend! I love watching him host the re-runs of the Pyramid Games. He will be missed.

vetta

April 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

Although I didn’t know him personally, I am trying to hold back these tears. For me, New Year’s countdown will never be the same without him. My family has been watching him every year on New Year’s eve, since I was at least five yrs old and has never missed bringing in the new year without watching his special on tv. I have in the past caught American Bandstand, but I know him more from those specials and $25,000 pyramid show. R.I.P. :-(

arlene

April 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

Thanks for the nice memories you added to my teen years so long ago. RIP, you had a strong will to survive.

SaBeck

April 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

awe….so :( …New Years Rockin Eve w/n be the same w/o Dick Clark… Ryan Seacrest get your tux ready..

lindaK

April 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

The world will not be the same without you on New Years Eve.
Thanks for all the years and bringing us all the music
Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

Yasmin

April 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

I’ve watched Dick Clark for over 40 years. American Bandstand was one of my favorite shows. I even liked him on the $10,000 Pyramid. He was an American icon and an institution. He will truly be missed. New Years Eve will never be the same!

Teresa

April 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

will miss you rip

pb

April 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

We knew it was coming, after his having a stroke a few years ago. But what a sad day. Another voice from the old rock and roll days gone. Always seemed like a classy guy, and looked like he was perpetually young. God bless him.

Rick James

April 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

This is really sad for those of us who grew up watching Band Stand..Him trying to inteview Prince who refused to speak was priceless television.To bad Prince threatened to sue youtube and all of his clips have been removed..

Becky

April 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

Enjoy rockin in Heave Mr. Clark..A true American icon..

Lynn

April 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

RIP Dick and thank you for many years of wonderful music and the American Bandstand. You will be missed. Prayers to you family during this sad time.

blkshepherd

April 18th, 2012
4:27 pm

All the legends are dying. This new generation leaves a lot to be desired.

Ryan

April 18th, 2012
4:31 pm

Icky Ryan Seacrest is not a good replacement for Dick Clark. He creeps me out.

CHUCK

April 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

When I was in Overland Park Kansas visiting my daughter once I was able to go to Dick’s RESTAURANT and it was a like walking back in history, he will surely be missed, RIP.

ani'

April 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

Another Legend gone. Music just will never be the same. Dick Clark was a true legend. I grew up watching American Bandstand and Soul Train. Those were the days. Rest in Peace Dick. My condolences to his family. May God watch over them.

Old Coot

April 18th, 2012
4:50 pm

If there’s a rock and roll heaven, well you know they have a hell of a band…and now a hell of a promoter. RIP Mr. Clark. A true American icon.

Pam

April 18th, 2012
4:52 pm

Danced my tail off watching American Band Stand!!!
Loved him!! Great guy! An American Icon!!!
Thanks Dick!!!!

Deborah Hughes

April 18th, 2012
5:27 pm

What a legend! Dick Clark will be so missed. Prayers are going out to his family!

Paula

April 18th, 2012
5:37 pm

Thoughts and prayers for the family. He made the world a happier place. Thank you for all the memories and years of smiles you gave us all. He will be truly missed!!!

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Tom Fox

April 18th, 2012
6:03 pm

In 1965 Mr. Clark drove a Tornado. I parked it for him at the Rams Horn restaurant in Encino. He was a great guy and a great tipper. Rest in peace. You made a difference.

Robert

April 18th, 2012
6:22 pm

Dick Clark was a great person in the filed of entertainment. He will be missed by fans, family, friends and most of all Ryan Seacrest. Everyone wants to go to heaven to ring in the new year with ol Dickie

JMR

April 18th, 2012
6:27 pm

OLDEST TEENAGER …..ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK……THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES….

D-Razz

April 18th, 2012
9:30 pm

A pioneer. A true Human being who saw talent not color. A man who fought for the artist and not the establishment. You will truly be missed.

Rob

April 19th, 2012
3:46 pm

There was nothing to the guy. He was just a face and voice for the music he played, which was about as empty as his head. I doubt he had a real opinion on anything, except how to kiss butt and stay on the air.

Gregg

April 19th, 2012
7:00 pm

My sister and I got to dance on American Bandstand for the entire summer of 1976. I’ll always remember that time as something special. Dick Clark had to be one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the chance to meet. He was down to earth and very humble and genuine and will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace Dick!

Ken Walker

April 19th, 2012
9:56 pm

I was born in North Carolina in 1964. When I became old enough to know what television was and how to watch it, it was 1969. Two of my favorite shows to watch that year were Sesame Street and AMERICAN BANDSTAND. I was fascinated by the voice of the host of American Bandstand and, at that time, got to learn more about Dick Clark and the purpose of his show. I truly enjoyed what he was doing and why he was doing it as, in my opinion, he was one of the BEST people of my generation to introduce new talent that we can call legends today…. from all genres of music, from Rock and Roll, to Country, to Rhythm and Blues, to Soul, to Rock in the single form, and even in the early stages of Hip-Hop…. he recognized new talent and was not afraid to bring them on stage for people to get to know and love…..Dick Clark is a true mogul, among other moguls that brought stars to life. I believe that all radio stations today should recognize the people of yesteryear (and now) that brought forward the people that we listen to on their daily programs. We lost another icon this year, also — Don Cornelius, the founder of SOUL TRAIN…..neither of these two men cared about what a person looked like or what they believed in. If they knew and felt the raw talent, they made sure people could know it and feel it too!! What I hope Mr. Clark’s family will appreciate is that, when I was a college freshman, I tuned in to both American Bandstand and Soul Train on Saturday afternoons in an attempt to self-teach myself to dance like the dancers on each show. My hallmates caught me in the middle of watching American Bandstand, where I was dressed in suitably from the waist up (jacket and tie) and remained in bedwear downward. Though I may have looked like a spectacle, the show encouraged me to better myself on the dance floor and I prevailed. That said, Mr. Clark, I sincerely thank you!!! Today, I do believe that people like Ryan Seacrest are doing an absolutely FINE job continuing on with bring on fresh faces like those who triumphed on American Idol and even those who fell slightly short but have demonstrated greatness even after their departure from the show. Kudos, Mr. Seacrest, and hats off to all the radio DJs, TV personalities, and those who began before Dick Clark that became legends even in his own eyes. He will certainly be missed! And, for now, we WILL NEVER say GOODBYE…. we look forward to seeing you soon. So I’ll close with his credible last words at the end of his shows (Bloopers, Pyramids, et al) —

For now, Mr. Clark…SO LONG! – Ken Walker (Durham, NC)