American entertainment legend Dick Clark died on April 18, 2012. Deana Sumanac takes a look back at his life. Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock 'n' roll virtually from its birth and, until his death on April 18, 2012 at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grand kids alike. His identity as "the world's oldest teenager" became strained in recent years, as time and infirmity caught up with his enduring boyishness. But he owned New Year's Eve after four decades hosting his annual telecast on ABC from Times Square.