Casey Kasem Dies at 82
Casey Kasem, the radio legend who made American Top 40 a household name, died Sunday at the age of 82.
His daughter Kerri Kasem confirmed her father’s passing on Facebook.
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” she wrote. “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.”
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. We’ll miss you, Casey. pic.twitter.com/cxYhONfrqz
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 15, 2014
“It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world,” says Ryan Seacrest, who now hosts AT 40. “When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”
Not only was Kasem a fixture of American Top 40 — which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and then again from 1998-2004 — but he was also the voice of Shaggy for the animated series Scooby-Doo.
For more on Casey Kasem’s incredible radio legacy, AT40.com has a special tribute.