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A New Year's Tradition: Dick Clark Rocks On

By DAVID WEINER

December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve will never quite be the same without the faithful presence of the beloved, late Dick Clark to ring in the New Year, and we're looking back at the rich life of the entertainment icon whose legacy lives on. Watch the video!

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Despite overcoming a devastating stroke, Dick seemed in good health and full of good humor when America saw him welcome in 2012 from Times Square in New York City on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, complete with a kiss for his wife Carrie. But on April 18, Dick died of a massive heart attack at 82, and we all mourned the loss of "The World's Oldest Teenager."

"There's no great secret to staying young inside your head," said the timeless American Bandstand host in a 1990 interview with ET. "I didn't realize 'til I was older how significant that is, because I do run into people my own age who I feel are older than they have to be, only because they've let it happen. If you don't let it happen inside your head, you're much better off."

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This year will mark the first time Ryan Seacreast is hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC without his friend and mentor, but we know that Dick will be there to watch the ball drop in spirit to welcome 2013. We miss you, Dick.

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