Radio Legend Casey Kasem Passes Away at 82
Radio legend Casey Kasem passed away this morning at 82. He was the original voice of the American Top 40 countdown, which he founded back in the 70s. He hosted AT 40 until 2004 and continued to work on the radio until he retired in 2009.
His daughter Kerri announced his passing on Facebook: "Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."
Kasem had been suffering from both advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia. His wife Jean moved him to a nursing home in Santa Monca just a few months ago, which added fire to a fued between her and Kasem's three children from a previous marriage. According to TMZ, his children claimed that Jean was trying to keep them from seeing their father. Kerri took her father off life support earlier this week.
Aside from radio, Kasem was also known for voicing cartoon characters. His two most well known roles were Shaggy from Scooby-Doo and Robin from Super Friends.
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