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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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31.

Sunnie    

Lived in Germany late 70's early 80's. Listen to Casey Kasem top 100 Every Saturday morning. He will be very missed.

129 days ago
32.

annaleejackson    

Almost all the other headlines from other news sources have been respectful with their wording..."Casey Kasem dies at 82" but of course we get the usual standard sensational one from TMZ "Casey Kasem DEAD at 82". At least they referred to him as the Legend he was. Why can't people just say "So and so PASSES AWAY at age blah, blah" anymore. I miss the days when reporters were respectful about the death of someone.

129 days ago
33.

mrz.meranda    

So sad, on Father's Day. I grew up looking forward to the Top 40 every weekend. Rip

129 days ago
34.

carrie    

RIP Casey.

129 days ago
35.

gegeok    

RiP.Casey

129 days ago
36.

Lucky_130    

He was also a voice of an Autobot in the 80s Transformers cartoon but don't remember which one.

129 days ago
37.

Ferndog68    

Is that a tat on his hand or just hair??

129 days ago
38.

whopaidtmzofftowritwthisandwhyamireadingit    

RIP

129 days ago
39.

Roundisnotsquare    

Not saying it is a good thing he died, but that 3-ring circus that was happening during his final days is finally over. I am sorry his life and death had to be surrounded by such pettiness. I am sure this won't be the last of it though. So sad.

129 days ago
40.

mikensnowmass    

in my view casey has attained the nearest thing we humans can achieve to immortality, he lives on in the hearts and minds of so many like myself. after all these years i still remember that voice, his every sunday morning coming over the radio, a momentary reprieve s as us kids were dragged off to church. we really looked forward to our weekly time "with casey" and his top 40 as did countless others. rest in peace you won't be forgotten.

129 days ago
41.

Dennie    

RIP, Casey. I wish your passing wasn't wrapped in so much turmoil. You deserved better.

129 days ago
42.

MariNapp1    

R.I.P. Casey at least you will finally get to rest in peace! I can still hear your voice as if it were way back when! God Bless my friend

129 days ago
43.

Frunklin    

RIP Casey, You'll be remembered for generations to come. I hope the afterlife is better to you than your family was.

129 days ago
44.

PrincessMiri8907    

Atleast hes not in anymore pain. Sadly I feel like the family is probably still going to fight. Now you have to worry about the will. Im sure his wife will cause problems

129 days ago
45.

Edddie Nash    

RIP

129 days ago
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