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Dick Clark has moved on to that big bandstand in the sky, and New Year's Eve will never be the same again. Nicknamed "America's oldest teenager," the perpetually youthful-looking Clark has died of a heart attack at 82. While he's best known to recent generations for New Year's Rockin' Eve (which he hosted for nearly 40 years), Clark's biggest accomplishment was introducing America to rock and roll through American Bandstand, which he helmed from 1956 through 1989. The outpouring online, especially on Twitter, shows just what a beloved personality Clark really was.
Perhaps the most poignant message was shared by Ryan Seacrest, who has cohosted New Year's Rockin' Eve with Clark for the past six years.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel," Seacrest said in a statement. "When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him."
Here are a few more of the messages tweeted by celebrities in Clark's honor...
"REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir" -- Snoop Dogg
"So saddened by Dick Clark's passing- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou" -- Seth Green
A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed. -- Matthew Morrison
"Rest in peace, Dick Clark. Thank you for the countless memories. You will be missed." -- Janet Jackson
"RIP Dick Clark - thanks for the many years of entertainment" -- Sen. John McCain
"#RIP Dick Clark. Always so nice Employed me many times. I will miss you Dick. Prayers to Kari and the family #Legend" -- Holly Robinson Peete
"Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!" -- Joan Rivers
"Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP..." -- Russell Simmons
"RIP Mr. Dick Clark. You will be missed" -- Chris Daughtry
"Thanks for all the bandstands, bloopers, practical jokes, monetary pyramids and new years, Dick Clark. We will miss you." -- Lin-Manuel Miranda
"New Years Eve will never be the same. We'll miss you, Dick Clark." -- Abby Lee Miller
"the end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark." -- Rob Thomas
"For ever, Dick Clark... So long" -- Neal Patrick Harris
"Dick Clark was a Rock 'n' Roll Radio/TV icon with an influence on pop culture for more than 50 years. Rest in peace." -- Isaac Hanson
"R.I.P. Dick Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same." -- David Boreanaz
"Dick Clark dead. Okay so now I'm starting to get a little more concerned about all this 2012 Mayan s***" -- Denis Leary