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Dick Clark Tributes: Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, ‘American Idol’ Pay Respects

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Dick ClarkDick Clark passed away yesterday at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack, and the entertainment industry has already begun paying their respects to the legendary TV host.

One of the first TV hosts to express his condolences was Ryan Seacrest, who took over Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” hosting duties in 2006. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark,” Seacrest wrote on his official website. “He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel.”

“We lost an icon today,” said Carson Daly to Entertainment Weekly. “I will always cherish the personal time we had together. I am forever indebted to Dick Clark and his legacy. My heart goes out to his family.”

President Obama even released an official statement about Clark’s passing that reads, in part, “[Clark] reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer and, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year… As we say a final ‘so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.”

On Wednesday night’s live broadcast of “American Idol,” Seacrest opened the show by acknowledging Dick Clark’s death and how much he meant to television.

What are your favorite Dick Clark memories?

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