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Dick Clark Dead at 82; Leaves Behind Wife Formerly of St. Cloud

Dick Clark and his wife Kari Wigton at the 1990 Grammy Awards. (Photo by Alan Light via Flickr)
Legendary TV producer, “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host Dick Clark is dead after suffering a massive heart attack.TMZ broke the story early this afternoon.

Clark’s rep says, the TV icon had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Tech High School yearbook photo via Stearns History Museum

He married three times, but his third wife — a Central Minnesota native — was for keeps.

Karen Wigton grew up in St. Cloud. Her dad worked for local contracting company, Barbarossa and Sons.

Kari — as she’s called — was a cheerleader at Tech High School and was the Homecoming Queen in 1959. She graduated from Tech in 1960.

Her family soon moved to Los Angeles where she would later meet Dick Clark. They married in 1970 and moved to Malibu.

The Clarks visited St. Cloud in 1990 when Dick emceed the Cathedral High School fundraiser, “Rockin’ Round the Clock.”

Dick Clark  suffered a massive stroke in 2006, but has continued to be a fixture on New Year’s Eve shows after turning over the reins to Ryan Seacrest. he will laso be fondly remembered as the host of several game shows, including ‘Pyramid’.

Dick Clark suffered a massive heart attack. He was 82.

‘For now… Dick Clark. So long.’

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