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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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46.

Gia    

Finally he can R.I.P
You're in a better place now

96 days ago
47.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

With all the turmoil he went through at the end of his life, hopefully he can rest in peace now! RIP Casey!!

96 days ago
48.

Dan    

Now the real fight between the kids and step mom will start because he died rich.

96 days ago
49.

Diva101    

Hopefully his wife won't continue to act like a nut! Let the man rest with dignity please!

96 days ago
50.

Lionnnnnesssss    

I grew up listening to his radio shows and loved his compassion when he read listeners' letters. May you RIP mr. Kasem!

96 days ago
51.

Grim reaper    

Great guy just one stupid family.

96 days ago
52.

J    

"...and keep reaching for the stars."

96 days ago
53.

LovesDearDaniel    

At least now he will be at peace! RIP Casey Kasem

96 days ago
54.

james    

does anyone remember him in "the incredible two headed transplant " ? Not to be confused with what he wasn't in " the thing with 2 heads ".

96 days ago
55.

fastdriver    

RIP Casey! Thank you for sharing your music with us for the past several decades. Let's hope that your current wife lets you REALLY rest in peace and doesn't continue to fight with YOUR children! I think she has a screw loose to begin with! Who EVER heard of taking a sick man on a vacation from state to state when you had NO clue what was going on! I think she did MORE damage than your illness! Dementia patients need FAMILIAR settings NOT new surroundings!

She seems to be a very vindictive person to begin with so I'm sure that there will be MORE drama before this is all over!

96 days ago
56.

lvanove2    

Rest In Peace. Your feet are off the ground and soaring through the stars!!

96 days ago
57.

cmde26    

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96 days ago
58.

amerksfan    

Starving to death is such a nice sweet natural way for you to die

96 days ago
59.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Rest in peace Casey. Godspeed.

96 days ago
60.

*Who Carez Bitch*    

Rip Sir Kasem ♥

96 days ago
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