News of Dick Clark's death today brought waves of sadness, but also floods of fond tributes for the memories he provided generations. Beyond those ball drops and amazing American Bandstand moments however, he inspired so many in the entertainment industry with his talent and business ability. Many celebrities took to Twitter to share just how he did so.
Ryan Seacrest, who considered him an idol and a friend, tweeted: "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. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Other celebrities -- of all ages and genres -- offered their thoughts and memories of him of well. Reading through them offers just a small glimpse at what a major impact he had on so many.
From Joan Rivers:
Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!
Fergie vowed to always remember him and posted a Twitpic with her, Dick, and Ryan Seacrest:
Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year's Eve.
In a series of Tweets, Mario Lopez wrote:
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.
Jimmy Kimmel lightened the mood a bit with his tweet:
I had the pleasure of working with Dick Clark many times - great guy. Some trivia: did you know he HATED music?
Even Real Housewives (or former Real Housewives in this case) expressed their sadness. From Alex McCord:
For now...Dick Clark....so long. RIP to the man I spent watching on New Year's Eve as a kid and whenever I was at home, American Bandstand...the world's perennial teenager.
Anderson Cooper Tweeted the exact reaction I had when I first heard the news:
What a career Dick Clark had! What a life! My thoughts are with his family and friends.
What a life, indeed. R.I.P. Dick; thanks for all of the memories.
What are your favorite memories of Dick Clark?
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