The Recording Academy released a statement tonight on the tragic passing of music industry icon Dick Clark. He passed away from a massive heart attack earlier this morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Dick was 82 years old.
“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”
Our thoughts are with Dick’s friends and family during this hard time.