By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated April 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM EDT
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Bob D'Amico

The man who hosts every show in America has paid tribute to the host Americans grew up watching.

Ryan Seacrest has released a statement on the passing of legendary personality Dick Clark, who died today after suffering a heart attack at age 82. Seacrest took over the heavy lifting on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 2006 and the show was renamed in 2009 to reflect Seacrest’s bigger role.

Seacrest’s full statement is below:

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