Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82, could have simply disappeared from public life after a stroke all-but robbed him of the power of speech eight years ago. But Clark bravely fought back to regain his ability to make himself heard and return to his perch in Times Square, counting us down — sometimes haltingly — into an annual rebirth. He returned to ring in — a performance both rousing and uncomfortable as he struggled to keep up with the countdown. Some critics — and, no doubt, many longtime fans — cringed.
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So many were shocked when the long-time host of "American Bandstand" announced this week that he was diagnosed with diabetes more than 10 years ago. The self-confessed workaholic believes that diabetes "shouldn't slow you down," and to prove it, he has embarked on a cross-country tour aimed at educating the public about the deadly links between diabetes and heart disease. Speaking in his trademark baritone, Clark said he hadn't felt the need to tell the wider world about his diagnosis until recently because "I felt fine -- no symptoms. Following his doctors' advice, Clark now exercises 20 minutes each day to keep his cardiovascular system in good shape. For the first few years after his diagnosis, he said, "I just kept eating whatever I ate and cleaned the plate. But now I try and eat only good food, and less of it.
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Dick Clark -- the beloved host of "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and "American Bandstand" -- has died at age 82 from a heart attack, according to multiple news outlets. Clark died of a heart attack that he suffered this morning, TMZ reported. However, TMZ said that more details about the death are still not clear.
More Videos Story highlights Dick Clark's remains have been cremated, his publicist says Clark, 82, former host of "American Bandstand," died of a heart attack Wednesday. Dick Clark, the music impresario and host of "American Bandstand" who died this week, has been cremated, his representative said Friday.