Few entertainment figures can boast the legacy left by Dick Clark. From radio to television to music, the man known as "America’s oldest teenager" changed the face of just about everything he touched. Clark died Wednesday, April 18, after suffering a heart attack at age 82. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
Legendary entertainer and producer Dick Clark underwent prostate surgery the day before he died of a heart attack, his publicist confirmed Tuesday.
According to Clark's death certificate, he underwent a procedure on April 17 to cure acute urinary retention due to benign prostatic hyperplasia, which usually means the prostate becomes so inflamed that it becomes difficult to urinate.
"It is a death certificate. It is public record and that's what the death certificate says," said Paul Shefrin, publicist.
Clark died at Santa Monica's St. John's Hospital from a heart attack as a result of coronary artery disease, according to the certificate.
He had been at St. John's Hospital where he suffered the heart attack after an outpatient medical procedure, his publicist said last week.
At the time of Clark’s death, details of his medical procedure were not released. But Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) said he spent time with the 82-year-old at a Malibu dinner party recently and at the time, Clark said he was scheduled to undergo outpatient cataract surgery.