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Dick Clark Died in 2012, But His Legacy Lives On with NYE!

Dick Clark passed away over four years ago, but his legacy still lives on thanks to his New Year’s Eve program that still bears his name!

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs every year on ABC and Ryan Seacrest has been hosting the program for several years now.

After suffering a stroke in December 2004, Dick missed that year’s Rockin’ Eve show, but he returned in 2005 with his speech still impaired. He appeared on the show every year until he died in April 2012.

Barry Adelman, a longtime producer of special, spoke to Vanity Fair about why Dick was never asked to step down from the show despite his declining health.

“It was not an option. I think, our philosophy was always if you have a family member—a dad, a mom, an aunt, an uncle—who has had a stroke or has a disability that they never had while they were part of your family growing up and suddenly they’re stricken in some way, you don’t stop inviting them to Thanksgiving and to Christmas and to all the holidays. You still love them and you still want them to participate,” he said. “Dick had a lot to contribute and I do think that he sent a positive message to millions of families around the world.”

Continue to honor Dick‘s legacy by tuning in tonight. Here is the full performers list for the show.

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Dick Clark Dies at 82

Dick Clark, the media personality whose reach extended from game shows and radio to the yearly New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration, has died. He was 82.

The famed TV producer died from a massive heart attack Wednesday morning (April 18).

Dick “had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane, and Cindy,” his family said in a statement (via THR).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dick‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

TMZ was the first to report the news.

Ke$ha: New Year's Rockin' Eve Performer!

Ke$ha hits the stage to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on Friday (December 31) in New York City.

The day before, the 23-year-old pop phenom was spotted leaving her hotel en route to rehearsals.

Ryan co-hosted the annual bash, while Jenny McCarthy served as a special correspondent.

Also performing in Times Square: Taio Cruz!

10+ pictures inside of Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Jenny McCarthy on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

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Fergie: New Year's Rockin' Eve Host!

Fergie will return to host Dick Clark‘s annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration with for the fifth time!

The 35-year-old Black Eyed Peas singer will be in L.A., while Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy host the live show from NYC’s Times Square.

Willow Smith, Natasha Bedingfield, Jason Derulo, Drake, Far East Movement, Jennifer Hudson, La Roux, Avril Lavigne, Mike Posner, Ne-Yo, and Train are set to perform during the L.A. party segments.

New York City artists will be announced later this week!

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 airs Friday, December 31, beginning at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.