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Casey Kasem

Radio Legend

Dead at 82

6/15/2014 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Casey Kasem Dead
Casey Kasem -- the original voice of the American Top 40 countdown -- died Sunday morning ... TMZ has confirmed.

His daughter Kerri said on Facebook this morning ... her dad was surrounded by family and friends. adding, "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken."

Casey was suffering from advanced Parkinson's Disease and dementia. His wife Jean Kasem moved him to a convalescent home in Santa Monica a few months ago.

Kasem founded the "AT 40" radio franchise back in 1970 ... and famously hosted the wildly popular show until 2004. He went on to do several spinoff countdown shows until he retired from radio in 2009.



He was also very famous for voicing cartoon voices like Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo" ... and Robin on "Super Friends." He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985. 

Casey's illness was marked by a bitter war between Jean and Casey's three children from his previous marriage. The kids claimed Jean blocked them from seeing Casey for several months.

Earlier in the week Kerri took her dad off of all life support including nutrition.

Casey was 82.
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Rob Zombie is King    

"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." RIP Casey.

69 days ago
2.

verlinda    

R.I.P. Casey...Thank You for good Radio !

69 days ago
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writenow    

Good man gone.

69 days ago
4.

I-See-Dumb-People    

Thanks, Casey. R.I.P.

69 days ago
5.

Mary P    

RIP good sir, glad you are away from the crazy ass wife who tried to keep you from everything you knew.

69 days ago
6.

Nobody Special    

One of Americas oldest Teenagers. ABS was so funny at times with the new dances.

69 days ago
7.

Bobo Frog    

TMZ has been picking at his carcass daily now for the last several days.

69 days ago
8.

man930    

RIP, Casey.....We spent a lot of weekends together, loved your stories and soothing voice.

69 days ago
9.

Birdsht    

Loved laying in bed as a kid with a tiny transistor radio listening to the mighty 690. Sad to see him drug though the mud in the later days. Sounds like this guys last wife was a piece of fecal material.

69 days ago
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ddspill    

His family needs to take a step back and look at their actions over the past year, just sad.

69 days ago
11.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

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69 days ago
12.

CountryGal    

Has the fight for his money started from his disgusting family yet?

69 days ago
13.

Stepaerobicfan    

Jean is not his three kids mother....she was their step mom. Casey and Jean had a daughter named Liberty. RIP to a great radio legend that I used to listen to every weekend. You will be missed!

69 days ago
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Mr Barcliff    

SAD TO HEAR, HOPE THE WIFE AND KIDS FIND A WAY IN CASEY'S DEATH TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS SO CASEY CAN REST IN PEACE NOW! LIFE IS TO SHORT FOR NEGATIVITY, LOVE IS THE WAY TO HAPPINESS AND ITS TIME ALL PARTIES DISCUSS WHY THEY ALL LOVED CASEY AND ENJOY AND CELEBRATE CASEY'S LIFE AND LEGACY IN HARMONY AND PEACE!!!! LGNM

69 days ago
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wyopapergirl    

God's speed good man....

69 days ago
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