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Dick Clark fan tribute planned in Times Square

Next New Year's Eve, Times Square confetti will contain messages and tributes from fans of Dick Clark.

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Dick Clark, the iconic American Bandstand entertainer and television host who passed away on April 18, 2012, will receive fan tributes in the form of confetti thrown in Times Square next New Year's Eve. (Kevin Winter/AFP/Getty Images)

Dick Clark's spirit will be present next New Year's Eve, as the confetti raining down when the ball drops will contain messages and tributes from fans to the legend, according to the Associated Press.

The AP said fans can share their memories of Clark on pieces of confetti at the Times Square Visitor Center & Museum. The confetti will be displayed at the Confetti Wishing Wall until Dec. 31, 2012.

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Clark, best known for hosting "American Bandstand" and the Times Square ball drop every New Year's Eve, was cremated on Friday, said CNN, citing his publicist.

Clark, who was 82 years old, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. He had suffered a stroke in 2004 which made him cut back on his on-camera work, including giving up hosting the ball drop, according to CNN.

Bloomberg commented on Clark's cultural influence: "Clark spun the hits, as the camera panned to kids trying out the freshest dance moves. It was a required stop for the day's hitmakers, and exposure on 'American Bandstand' could send a song soaring up the charts."

The show hosted many musicians and singers early on in their careers, including Buddy Holly, James Brown and Simon and Garfunkel, according to The Washington Post.

Tim Tompkins, the president of The Times Square Alliance, said, "Dick was instrumental in making New Year's Eve at the Crossroads of the World what it is today. We remember and honor Dick for his lasting contribution to Times Square and his ability to bring us together every year to welcome in the New Year," according to CBS News.

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