Dick Clark: Music Stars Mourn His Death

The sudden death of Dick Clark came as a heart-breaking shock to generations of artists who recall the legendary radio DJ, TV host and producer for his enormous track record of discovering and popularizing talent from across the spectrum. Ryan Seacrest, widely considered the closest thing Clark has to a successor, tweeted immediately, “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.” But Clark’s reach — and ear for hits — extended much farther than talent competitions and New Year’s Eve. Check below to see how some of the biggest stars in the world responded to the passing of TV’s original talent scout.

Superstar Janet Jackson tweeted: “Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.”

New Kids On The Block tweeted: “#RIPDickClark. A true music maverick. You will be missed.”

Lance Bass of NSYNC tweeted: “Farewell to one of my all time idols Dick Clark- genius pioneer in music/television and just a great guy! You will be missed!”

Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams tweeted: “Sad to hear about the passing of Dick Clark! His contribution to music and the platform he gave people will always be remembered.”

Jonas Brothers tweeted: “You’ll continue to be an inspiration to us all Dick Clark. Thanks for the amazing rockin years you were with us. You’ll truly be missed”

Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted: “R. I. P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family.”

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons tweeted: “Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP…”

Glee‘s Matthew Morrison: “A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed.”