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Posted: April 19, 2012

Celebs readct to Dick Clark’s death

By James Aquilone

Dick Clark died from a massive heart attack yesterday. Here's how the celeb world responded to the news.

  • Ryan Seacrest, "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. 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 six years."
  • President Barack Obama: "With American Bandstand, [Dick Clark] introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our time. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer and, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel -- as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was."
  • Janet Jackson: "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless."
  • Snoop Dogg: "REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! You were pioneer and a good man!! Thank you, sir."
  • Denise Richards: "My heart goes out to Dick Clark's family and loved ones... We lost a legend."
  • Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
  • Jenny McCarthy: "RIP Dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. You will be missed. Xxxoo."
  • Marlee Matlin: "So sorry about passing of Dick Clark. A man with the gift of discovering talented musicians, he also was a consummate producer/lovely man RIP."
  • Fergie: "Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year's Eve."
  • Katie Couric: "Dick Clark was such an institution and inspiration. Not ashamed to say I loved American Bandstand when I was a kid!"
  • Larry King: "Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend and a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company."
  • Anderson Cooper: þ"What a career Dick Clark had! What a life! My thoughts are with his family and friends."
  • Jimmy Kimmel: "I had the pleasure of working with Dick Clark many times -- great guy. Some trivia: did you know he HATED music?"
  • Weird Al Yankovic: "Such sad news. RIP Dick Clark."
  • Rob Lowe: "Had the pleasure to work with Dick Clark when I was 15. He was charming and kind; a true American icon that will live forever."
  • Roseanne Barr: "Dick Clark RIP -- always a nice man to me."
  • Sean Hayes: "R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thanks for bringing music into our homes via TV and #AmericanBandstand."
  • Alyssa Milano: "Rest in Peace, Dick Clark. You were the greatest."
  • Dane Cook: "Rest in peace Mr. Dick Clark. Thank you for New Year's and new years of class, positivity and entertainment."
  • Leah Remini: "R.I.P Dick Clark. As a child, American Bandstand was a big part of my life. As an adult, spent many a New Year's Eve with, him like many others."
  • Neil Patrick Harris: "For ever, Dick Clark... So long."
  • Mackenzie Phillips: "RIP Dick Clark. A kind and lovely man."
  • Holly Robinson Peete: "#RIP Dick Clark. Always so nice; employed me many times. I will miss you, Dick. Prayers to Kari and the family #Legend."
  • Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
  • Seth Green: "So saddened by Dick Clark's passing -- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou"
  • Matthew Morrison: "A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed."
  • Senator John McCain: "RIP Dick Clark -- thanks for the many years of entertainment."
  • House Speaker John Boehner: "Condolences to the family of Dick Clark. We join them in mourning his passing and will never forget his achievements in entertainment and music."

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