Radio Legend Casey Kasem, Dead at 82

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Today radio legend and voice actor, Casey Kasem died early this morning in Gig Harbor, Washington after suffering with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. He was 82.

The news was broken to the world by Kasem’s daughter Kerri via Facebook this morning with the following status:

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.

On April 27, 1932 Casey Kasem was born Kemal Amen Kasem, the son of Lebanese immigrants. With natural talent and a golden voice from day one, Kasem started his career in radio while in high school, continued into college and during his years in the United States Army.  After being discharged, Kasem was somewhat of a nomad and moved around the U.S. as a disc jockey, but it was in Oakland, California that everything changed.

While in Oakland, Casey Kasem developed a radio program that incorporated biographical facts about each artist before their song would play which became a hit, his signature and put him on the map. In 1963 he moved to Los Angeles and a year later Dick Clark signed him to host a show titled Shebang, a TRL before its time. In 1970 he became the host of American Top 40 which he hosted until 1989 and then again from 1998 until 2004 when he passed the torch to media mastermind Ryan Seacrest.

Kasem also provided his voice to the cartoons Scooby Doo, Josie and the PussycatsBatman and more. He also often played himself on television shows and movies including Ghostbusters and the classic teen sitcom Saved by the Bell.

In 1992 he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and in 1998 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard.

Casey Kasem is survived by his wife, four children and his brother.

And in the words of Mr. Kasem, always remember to, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” 

For more on the life and legacy of Casey Kasem click here!

 

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