Casey Kasem, host of American Top 40 and the voice of pop radio for decades, has died at the age of 82.
Kasem’s death was confirmed by his daughter Kerri on her Facebook page: “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, who was born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit on April 27, 1932, hosted American Top 40 for nearly 35 years after arriving in Los Angeles in the mid’1960s and began hosting American Top 40 on July 4, 1970. The show was an international sucess but after a contract dispute, Kasem left and started a rival program. Later, he bought the rights to AT40 and again hosted it from 1998 to 2004 until recruiting Ryan Seacrest as a replacement.
Kasem appeared in some movies in the ’60s and made other appearances but he became know as the voice of Scooby-Doo from the first series in 1969. He did other high profile voice over work and many commercials.
Kasem was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia and in the final years of his life his children were engaged in a legal battle with his current wife over access to their father and his health care.