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Dick Clark dies at 82: The instant Twitter reaction

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

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