The Truth about Clark's Condition
April 29, 2005
Millions of fans are praying tonight for music
legend Dick Clark, just as "Extra" learns
some more troubling news -- Clark will most likely
not attend the Country Music Awards, which he
executive produces, and he continues to cancel
all public appearances.
Mario Lopez, who co-hosted "The Other Half"
with Dick for two years, remains very close to
the legend and is one of the few who have talked
to Clark since his stroke. "He's a proud
man and very strong willed," Lopez said.
"He didn't want anyone to see him in the
state he was in. It seemed like the same old Dick."
"Extra" has learned that America's favorite
teenager is walking and talking, undergoing daily
therapy and even doing business from home. "He
hates to miss work," Lopez said. "And
he hates to not be there because he's a very hands-on
guy. It's just motivating him to get back quicker."
The 75-year-old music icon suffered a stroke in
December and rarely leaves his Malibu home. Dr.
Jorge Minor of Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital
is an expert on stroke recovery, who told us it
may be quite some time until we see Dick Clark
out and about again.
"His chances are actually pretty good of
recovery," Minor said. "His stoke was
an extensive stroke and would probably require
an extensive rehabilitation program."
"He's a legend and a great man," Lopez
observed. "He's going to be just fine. He
could get through just about anything I'd say."