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In the wake of Dick Clark’s passing early Wednesday at age 82 from a heart attack, insiders have released a variety of comments via press release, email and even twitter acknowledging his contributions to the entertainment business. Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined the throng of mourners, issuing a statement highlighting not only Clark’s accomplishments but his impact on the television and music industries.
“For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’,” Iger said. “We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy.”
“On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do.”
Meanwhile, Alan Perris, COO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also released a statement, in which he said, “The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend Mr. Dick Clark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
“Dick was a television icon and music innovator who entertained audiences for decades and will truly be missed. Television shows like American Bandstand, American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve are brands that continue to pave the way live television and music are presented.
“Dick was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992 and his impact on the television industry as well as everyone he met, moved and entertained will never be forgotten.”
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