Dick Clark Underwent Prostate Surgery Day Before He Died
Dick Clark Hosting "New Year's Rockin' Eve" (Screen Grab via YouTube)
According to his death certificate, Clark underwent a procedure on April 17 to cure "acute urinary retention due to benign prostatic hyperplasia."
That usually means the prostate becomes so enlarged that it becomes difficult or painful to urinate.
Clark died the following morning of a massive heart attack at the age of 82.
He suffered a heart attack while at "St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica for an outpatient procedure," his publicist Paul Shefrin said.
"Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful."
Clark has since been cremated.
His family has not yet decided whether there will be a public memorial service for the multifaceted Clark.
But Shefrin says there will be no funeral.
Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as "American Bandstand," five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
He was known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Clark was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1929 and began his show business career in the 1940s in the mail room of a radio station.
He worked as a new announcer and weatherman, then graduated from Syracuse University in 1951.
A year later, Clark landed a job as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia spinning records for a show he called "Dick Clark's Caravan of Music."
From there he went on to host a local TV dance show called "Bandstand."
Within five years ABC took the show national, and "American Bandstand" was born.
By 1958, it was the show to watch, with 40 million viewers tuning in to learn about the latest in music.
The savvy entrepreneur was a pioneer in introducing African-American and other performers to millions of young TV viewers.
His audiences were among the first integrated on television.