American legend Dick Clark died at the age of 82 this week. Clark suffered a heart attack following a medical procedure on April 18th. It would be difficult to find anyone over the age of 30 who doesn’t identify with Clark for one reason or another. The world mourns his loss. According to reports, the workaholic left behind a fortune that likely reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
As the host of American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987, Clark has the honor of being the host of the longest running variety show ever on American television. You would be hard pressed to come up with a music group or singer that did not perform on AB during that time period. Clark hardly sat back and took it easy though when AB went off the air. He went on to host the game show Pyramid as well as becoming the host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast live each year from Times Square. When we all watch the ball drop this New Year’s Eve it will be bitter sweet as well all remember the voice of New Year’s Eve, Dick Clark.
Although no Last Will and Testament has been produced at this point, reports are that Clark left behind a fortune. Given how careful he was in all his dealings, it is probable that he had an elaborate estate plan which included trusts, so the estate will likely never appear in court.
Clark never stopped working, despite his age and a stroke he suffered in 2004. Clark reminds us all that our golden years can continue to be eventful and productive.