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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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16.

Shannon    

RIP

99 days ago
17.

1luv    

Unfortunately we all know there is a bigger fight coming. I still remember asking my mom why Shaggy was on the radio. You leave me with great childhood memories and for that I thank you. RIP Casey.

99 days ago
18.

cristiana    

how sad! he will be missed :'(

99 days ago
19.

ufos8mycow    

The family may start fighting over his money now but Harvey and TMZ have already looted his legacy like buzzards.
Hope you guys at TMZ enjoy your ill gotten gains from his life and death. You may not be personally responsible for his death but you sure did pick at the carcass didn't ya?

99 days ago
20.

Googie    

Thank you Casey for all the years of entertainment.
Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American musician, disc jockey, radio personality and actor.

99 days ago
21.

get real    

rip.

99 days ago
22.

TMZ-What?    

RIP ol man! Watched him since I was a wee lad. He'll be missed by many :(

99 days ago
23.

T1980    

Let the war on his money begin.i hope they all lose and donate the money to charity,it is sad that all they care about is his money now.they didn't earn it and his wife sure as hell didn't earn it

99 days ago
24.

tgrfan42069    

will his body end up like james browns? setting in a house for a month before he gets buried?

99 days ago
25.

Dellie    

Rest In Peace, Saturday morning man....you will be missed.

99 days ago
26.

heidi    

Did we just see the birth of what will become known as the 'Kasem Clause' in emergency medical conservatorships disallowing end of life choices to temporary conservators?

99 days ago
27.

lisa c    

What a beautiful voice. I will remember it always.

99 days ago
28.

lisa c    

What a beautiful voice. I will remember it always.

I don't ever recall a negative thing coming from his mouth. Youth today should be as lucky as we were.

99 days ago
29.

jeannie    

Rest in Peace. You earned it.

99 days ago
30.

annaleejackson    

Well, TMZ, you've been salivating over this headline for weeks now and now you got it. Thank you Casey Kasem for the great memories and your sweet nature. Ryan Seacrest doesn't hold a candle. No one will.

99 days ago
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