Dick Clark Dead at 82: Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute

Dick Clark and Mario Lopez
Across the Twitterverse, celebrities expressed their sorrow at the passing of Dick Clark, the television icon who was dubbed “America”s Oldest Teenager” and welcomed generations to a new beginning every New Year”s Eve.

Responses ranged from the mournful to those that joyfully praised Clark”s legacy. But many simply recalled him as a legend.

“Just heard the news [about] Dick Clark,” Tweeted Mario Lopez. “It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend.”

…was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it”s never more appropriate than when used…

Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) April 18, 2012

Lopez continued. “He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend… Rest well DC.”

Clark”s other celebrity fans who took to social media to share their thoughts:

Matthew Morrison: “A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed.”

Denise Richards: “My heart goes out to Dick Clark”s family and loved ones … we lost a legend.. #RIPDickClark”

Seth Green:
“So saddened by Dick Clark”s passing- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou”

David Boreanaz: “My father did a lot of work with Dick Clark @Jim_Gardner . He remembers the moments at AM/Philadelphia and the days at WOLF-AM, SYR, NY.”

R.I.P. Dick Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same.

David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) April 18, 2012

CNN”s Don Lemon: “There is a HUGE dance party in heaven right now lead by #DickClark & #DonCornelius. #RIPDickClark”

Ryan Seacrest, who took over Clark”s role as the primary host of ABC”s New Year”s Rockin” Eve after Clark suffered a stroke in 2004, paid tribute on Twitter. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark,” Seacrest Tweeted Wednesday afternoon after hearing of his mentor”s death.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.

Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012

Giada De Laurentiis: “aww…RIP #DickClark…a legend that will never be forgotten. #sendinglove”

Joan Rivers: “What a great career. Relevant until the end.”

Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!

Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 18, 2012

Marlee Matlin: “So sorry about passing of Dick Clark. A man with the gift of discovering talented musicians he also was a consummate producer/lovely man RIP”

Billy Ray Cyrus: “R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family.”

Holly Robinson Peete: “#RIP Dick Clark. Always so nice Employed me many times. I will miss you Dick. Prayers to Kari and the family #Legend”

Hanson: “Personal Note from Isaac”

Personal Note:Dick Clark produced a TV special for us back in 1997.I am very proud of the acoustic performance from that show.-ISAAC

HANSON (@hansonmusic) April 18, 2012