Ryan Seacrest Opens 'Idol' With Dick Clark Tribute
Ryan Seacrest Opens 'Idol' With Dick Clark Tribute

On Wednesday afternoon, news broke that broadcasting legend Dick Clark had died of a heart attack at the age of 82. Soon after, "Dick Clark" became the top trending topic on Twitter, as thousands of people, including several musical artists and celebrities, expressed their grief through social media.

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Check out 20 celebrity tweets on the passing of Dick Clark.

@RyanSeacrest: 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.

@Fergie: Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year's Eve.

@SnoopDogg: REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir

@hansonmusic: Dick Clark was a Rock 'n' Roll Radio/TV icon with an influence on pop culture for more than 50 years. Rest in peace. -ISAAC

@jermjackson5: Dick Clark always came to our dressing pre-show to make sure we were okay and catered for. Big hearted. One-of-a-kind. Will be missed..

@LA_Reid: Dick Clark's profound contributions to music, television and popular culture will reverberate throughout time. R.I.P. Mr. American Bandstand

@JanetJackson: Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.

@SaraBareilles: Dick Clark, you were an American Icon. Sad to say goodbye.

@JonasBrothers: 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

@andersoncooper: What a career Dick Clark had! What a life! My thoughts are with his family and friends.

@NickSLachey: So sorry to hear about the passing of the incomperable Dick Clark. Few people have left such an impression on our industry as he did! #rip

@carsonjdaly: I will always cherish the personal time we had together. I am indebted to Dick Clark and his legacy. My heart goes out to his family.

@questlove: Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!

@ActuallyNPH: For ever, Dick Clark... So long.

@billyraycyrus: R. I. P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family.

@ThisIsRobThomas: the end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark.

@QuincyDJones: Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who's mark on American culture will be felt forever.

@yelyahwilliams: RIP Dick Clark. Will think of you every NYE.

@JennyMcCarthy: RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo

@jimmykimmel: I had the pleasure of working with Dick Clark many times - great guy. Some trivia: did you know he HATED music?