The legendary Dick Clark with Ryan Seacrest at the 2010 Daytime Emmys.
The legendary Dick Clark with Ryan Seacrest at the 2010 Daytime Emmys. (Getty)

One thing is clear: Americans loved Dick Clark.

As soon as the news of Clark's death at 82 of a heart attack reached the world Tuesday afternoon, tributes, thoughts, reflections (and a few loving jokes) flooded Twitter — both from famous folks and regular fans who grew up with the TV mainstay. 

Here are some of our favorites so far:

• Thanks for everything, Dick Clark. You changed the world of pop music and you will be sorely missed.
-- Sony Music Global, @SonyMusicGlobal

• Am still amazed that Dick Clark was only 82... What a career; Of course, he looked 49 for 25 years.
-- Chuck Todd, @chucktodd

• I wonder if there was a giant crystal ball drop in heaven leading up to Dick Clark's passing...
-- Matt Ryczek, @mattryczek

• REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir
-- Snoop Dogg, @SnoopDogg

• 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

• So saddened by Dick Clark's passing- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou
-- Seth Green, @SethGreen

• Dick Clark just passed, but @Mcurran24 assured me its ok because they have holograms now. #rip.-- Tyler Glenn, @tylerinacoma

• #RIP Dick Clark Always so nice Employed me many times. I will miss you Dick. Prayers to Kari and the family. #Legend-- Holly Robinson Peete, hollyrpeete

• Hope Dick Clark's somewhere spinning a hip new single for the kids and ringing in the new year.-- Shawn Ryan, @ShawnRyanTV

• Rest in peace, Dick Clark. Thanks for providing America with its best soundtrack and a friend on New Years Eve.
-- Hulu, @hulu

• 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 

• Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!-- Questo of The Roots, @questlove