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UNITED STATES -- Legendary TV host Dick Clark has died at the age of 82.
Clark, who brought the show American Bandstand into living rooms all across the country, was probably one of Syracuse University's most famous graduates. He finished school at SU in 1951 with a degree in business and began his career in TV in the Utica market at WKTV. Of course in recent years, Clark was mostly seen on TV hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin’ Eve.
He did suffer a stroke back in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk. The stroke also forced Clark to miss the New Year's show for the first time since its inception in 1972.
Family members said he died of a heart attack Wednesday morning in California.
Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor released a statement following the news of Dick Clark's death.
She said quote: "The entire SU family mourns the loss of our family member, Dick Clark.
More than an American icon, he was a superb guide to tectonic shifts in American popular culture for generations.
We at his alma mater will remember him most fondly, however, for the warmth and generosity with which he helped guide generations of SU students as they set out to navigate the landscape of careers in the entertainment industry."