Unfortunately, Clark had not been in good health as of late. In 2004 he suffered a stroke that damaged his ability to walk or speak. The stroke came just months after going on Larry King Live to reveal he had Type 2 diabetes.
Clark first started his career at just 17 years old when he landed a gig as a radio host on Utica's, WRUN. From there he went on to host 'American Bandstand' from 1957 to 1989. His greatest career achievements include Emmy Awards in 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1986, a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, as well as induction into several Hall of Fames, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976, the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, among other accolades.
Clark is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton, and three children Richard A. Clark, Duane Clark, and Cindy Clark.
Thank you, Mr. Clark, for everything. <3