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Comments on the death of entertainment icon Dick Clark

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"This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now." - Barry Manilow

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"I'm one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone - especially by those who knew him well." - Kenny Rogers

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"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. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006 , it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him." - Ryan Seacrest

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"Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With 'American Bandstand,' he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He 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. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel  as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. 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." - President Barack Obama

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"The industry lost a legend today, but I feel like I've lost a very close friend. Dick was a mentor to me, and not just through American Bandstand and The American Music Awards. Dick played an important role as producer in the creation of the Donny & Marie Talk Show. But, my most special memory of Dick was when he appeared as a contestant on his well-established television game show, Pyramid, which I was privileged to host for two years. I wish to express my condolences to his wife, Kari, and family. Dick, you will be greatly missed." - Donny Osmond

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"One of the real draws when we purchased Dick Clark Productions was the opportunity to build on the tremendous foundation of programming that this icon of American broadcasting created. I got to know Dick over the past five years and he was just as personable and warm in person as he was on television. Once you got to know Dick, it was obvious why he was so beloved by his fans. He was in every sense of the word, a giant. Dick Clark will be sorely missed. He was truly one of a kind." - Daniel M. Snyder, Chairman of Dick Clark Productions

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"Dick Clark was an American institution. He was able to replicate the magic he brought to American Bandstand, not once but several times, through The Golden Globes, New Year's Rockin' Eve and thousands of hours of programming in almost every genre imaginable. He was the first of his kind -- a pioneer, entrepreneur and creative visionary who bridged and cultivated the music scene with traditional show business. Dick Clark entertained and touched the lives of several generations. He is truly irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by the employees of our company and millions of fans worldwide." - Mark Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions

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"Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who's mark on American culture will be felt forever." - Quincy Jones

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"RIP #DickClark - has anyone had more impact on music & television in last 60yrs? Amazing man, remarkable career.#ForNowDickClarkSoLong" - Piers Morgan, via Twitter

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"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, via Twitter

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"Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company. He will be truly missed." - Larry King, via Twitter

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"Had the pleasure to work with Dick Clark when I was 15. He was charming and kind; a true American icon that will live forever." - Rob Lowe, via Twitter

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"We will miss Dick Clarke. May he rest well in heaven." - Goldie Hawn, via Twitter

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"Dick Clark was a great guy and one of the first people to play my records. He will be missed." - Tony Bennett, via Twitter

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"I had the opportunity to work with & be awarded by Mr. Clark. Condolences to his family he'll be missed! #ripdickclark " - Bret Michaels, via Twitter

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"In 1974, my first time on BandStand, I thought Dick Clark was the most handsome man in show business. In 1998, when he created and produced the Donny & Marie talk show, I realized that was truly the hardest working man in show biz. And, now in 2012, I will always remember him as one of the most honorable men in show business. Thank you, Dick, for every great way you encouraged me in my career. You are loved." - Marie Osmond, via Facebook

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"Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless." - Janet Jackson, via Twitter

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"What a career Dick Clark had! What a life! My thoughts are with his family and friends." - Anderson Cooper, via Twitter

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"REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir." - Snoop Dogg, via Twitter

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"Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP..." - Russell Simmons, via Twitter

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"Just heard the news of Dick Clark... 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. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark.. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend... Rest well DC." - Mario Lopez, via Twitter

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"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." - Marlee Matlin, via Twitter

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"A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed." - Matthew Morrison, via Twitter

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"RIP Dick Clark - thanks for the many years of entertainment." - Sen. John McCain, via Twitter

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"The end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark." - Rob Thomas, via Twitter

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"Rest in Peace Dick Clark!! Thanks for entertaining my family for decades! New Years won't be the same ever again!" - Melissa Joan Hart, via Twitter

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"Our sincerest condolences to Dick Clark's wife, Kari, his family & all who loved & admired him which includes the whole Estefan clan!" Gloria Estefan, via Twitter

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"Rest in peace Mr. Dick Clark. Thank you for new years and new years of class, positivity & entertainment." - Dane Cook, via Twitter

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"Sad to hear about the passing of Dick Clark! His contribution to music and the platform he gave people will always be remembered." - Singer Michelle Williams, via twitter

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"R.I.P Dick Clark; As a child American Bandstand was a big part of my life as an adult-spent many a New Years Eve w/ him like many others." - Leah Remini, via Twitter

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"R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thanks for bringing music into our homes via TV and #AmericanBandstand." - Sean Hayes, via Twitter

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"I'm old enough to remember watching James Brown on American Bandstand.. Dick Clark was the man! RestInPeace" - Ice T, via Twitter

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"So sorry to hear about the passing of the incomperable Dick Clark. Few people have left such an impression on our industry as he did!#RIP" - Nick Lachey, via Twitter

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"Dick Clark always came to our dressing pre-show to make sure we were okay and catered for. Big hearted. One-of-a-kind. Will be missed." - Jermaine Jackson, via Twitter