LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (NEWS1130) – Dick Clark, famed TV producer and host of both “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”, has died of a heart attack.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin confirmed the death however would not provide many details.

Gossip website TMZ said Clark was in St. John’s hospital in Los Angeles following an outpatient procedure last night, and had the massive heart attack this morning.

Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark hosted the annual New Year’s Eve special and supplied a variety of game shows and music specials to TV, including and the American Music Awards.

The original “American Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longest-running series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network.

Clark joined “Bandstand” in 1956 after Bob Horn, who’d been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. Under Clark’s guidance, it went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon.

His stroke in December 2004 forced him to miss his annual appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” He returned the following year and, although his speech at times was difficult to understand, many praised his bravery, including other stroke victims.

Still speaking with difficulty, he continued taking part in his New Year’s shows, though in a diminished role. Ryan Seacrest became the main host.

He was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1929. Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton in 1977.

Vancouver radio legend Red Robinson met Clark on a couple of occasions.

“Every time I was in his company, it was a joy to be with him,” says Robinson. “It’s a great loss, I think, part of my history, part of my world. The door has closed, again.”

Clark and American Bandstand helped many up and coming Canadians acts.

“Oh yeah, from Vancouver here, Bryan Adams for sure, Loverboy for sure,” believes Robinson. “And other parts of Canada, the Guess Who, and acts like that for sure, he always gave them exposure, going back to the original Justin Beiber, a man called Bobby Curtola, he gave him his first exposure.”