04/18/2012 07:00 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2012

Obama Issues Statement On Dick Clark's Death

President Barack Obama issued a statement Tuesday on the death of entertainment legend Dick Clark, crediting the late host with "reshaping the television landscape forever."

The full statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With “American Bandstand,” he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final “so long” to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – which number far more than he knew.

Clark passed away on Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack.