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Dick Clark Dead: Country Stars React

Billy Ray Cyrus, Dick Clark, Jay DeMarcus
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Dick Clark was a man that tied fans of all genres of music together, so the news of his death is a hard pill to swallow for many. For almost 40 years, fans of rock, rap, pop and country music would tune in to watch “America's oldest teenager” count in the new year. Hundreds of celebrities and musicians worldwide have been touched by his presence, his advice or by an opportunity he provided as executive producer and host of so many television shows.

Country stars like Billy Ray Cyrus, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Jerrod Niemann were a few of the the first to hear the sad news and share their condolences and sorrows via Twitter. More will be added to this list throughout the afternoon and early evening, but one thing is for sure: 2013 won't begin as sweetly without that 82-year-old smile wishing us well.

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Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus): Dick Clark. What is there to say… You've done it all, rest in peace….

 
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Chely Wright (@chelywright): Rest In Peace, Dick Clark. You were every musician's friend.

 
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Jerrod Niemann (@jrodfromoz): Ahhh gonna miss Dick Clark. What an Icon.

 
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Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband): Dang, another icon gone.

 
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thompson square (@thompsonsquare): Thanks Dick Clark for all the wonderful memories from my childhood watching American Bandstand! #RIPDICKCLARK Shawna

 
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Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus): R. I. P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family.

 
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James Otto (@jamesotto): RIP Dick Clark!

 
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Rhonda Adkins (@RhondaAdkins): So sad that Dick Clark has passed.One of the most successful music industry professionals ever.New Years Eve won't be the same without him.

 
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Trisha Yearwood (@TYcom): Sending love and strength to the Dick Clark family. He was not only a legacy in the entertainment industry, but a really nice guy. We miss you. Rest in peace.

 
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SHeDAISY (@shedaisy): So sad to hear of the passing of Dick Clark. We sat and visited with him in his amazing office in LA. What a legend! He will be missed…

 
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Chuck Wicks (@chuckwicksmusic): May you rest in peace Dick Clark.

 
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Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton): So proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man..

 

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