This Day in Death

4.18.12: Dick Clark – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 6:39 am April 19, 2012

It’s not often that a guy in rainbow suspenders and a wide tie isn’t the most uncomfortable person in the room.

 

Television icon Dick Clark has died after suffering from a heart attack on Wednesday. You know Clark best from his long-running stint hosting every show that’s ever been on television ever. Except “MADtv.” Because come on.

In recent years ABC took to shamelessly propping a post-stroke Clark up against a lightpost in Times Square to continue co-hosting his signature “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special. In the wake of that it can be hard to keep in mind that Clark balled pretty hard by all scientifically measurable standards, and no amount of having to share the spotlight with sentient Banana Republic store Ryan Seacrest will change that. In addition to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Clark created the American Music Awards, “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” hosted “American Bandstand” for 30 years, got to hang out with Michael Jackson (before the… unpleasantness), and ended up on the Forbes 400 Wealthiest Americans list. Meanwhile, I still tell the story about the time I managed to get into the background of “Good Morning America” wearing an “It Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself” shirt. Who’s had a more esteemed career in entertainment? History will make that decision.

Despite his success Clark stayed humble and genuinely likeable to the end. It’s refreshing to, for once, be able to read a celebrity’s Wiki entry without having to internally justify decades worth of tax fraud and raging antisemitism. I swear, every time a famous person seems like a decent human being it’s only a matter of time until someone finds them hanging out in the cemetery cutting off corpse hands to use as masturbatory aides. That’s exactly what happened with Tom Hanks. Seriously, stay away from that guy. Dude is fucked. Up.

 

Source: CBS News

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