Casey Kasem – one of America’s most famous radio presenters – has died. He was 82.
His daughter Kerri said in a Facebook post on Sunday that her father died on Sunday.
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.
With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.
Kasem was the original voice of America’s Top 40 radio show, which he hosted for more than 40 years (1970-2004). He also was the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo for almost 40 years, as well as the voice of Robin in Super Friends. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 … and he retired in 2009.
Kasem suffered from advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia … and his illness sparked a bitter war between his wife Jean Kasem and his three children from a previous marriage: Kerri, Mike and Julie.
Last week, a judge allowed Kerri – who won conservatorship over her dad – to take him off life support and ever since he was said to be surrounded by his family until his death.