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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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61.

ariesalyson    

Now he can finally have peace. I am so sorry he had to suffer for so long. This man was a great talent and person!

127 days ago
62.

Sue    

A legend passes into the night. RIP Mr. Kasem.

127 days ago
63.

SoCal Born     

God bless you Mr. Kasem. Hopefully now you can finally rest in peace. Now for more important things, like your crazy wife fighting with your kids over who gets your money. SMFH

127 days ago
64.

Rick    

so sad, he had so pass in this condition. He was a super guy. And his wife splitting the family from him. It serves no purpose, only her selfishish.

127 days ago
65.

tdg1029    

AWSOME old school dj RIP

127 days ago
66.

fan    

RIP...

127 days ago
67.

Todd    

Every time I went on a vacation and turned on the radio while running on the beach I listen to AT top 40. I WILL MISS YOU MR KASEM

127 days ago
68.

hazeleyes946    

RIP Casey! I'm happy you are in peace and hopefully a bigger place, Can you say a good word for me?

127 days ago
69.

SimplyHappy    

I do hope you were lucid in your final days, enough to embrace the love that surrounded you? I'm glad your brother, and children were with you in the end. If there is an afterlife or paradise, may yours be filled with love, beauty, happiness & plenty of music. Thank you for the many memories Mr. Kasem...R.I.P. Sir

127 days ago
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Morticia Cowghoul    

Rest In Peace Casey & Shaggy. Two of my childhood loves. Sad day.

127 days ago
71.

babycakes    

RIP Casey! I hope all this negativity between your wife and children goes away so they can let you rest the way you deserve.

127 days ago
72.

fonzie    

He died on Father's Day. Interesting.

127 days ago
73.

smileandshine    

RIP Casey Kasem
A voice that will never be forgotten.

127 days ago
74.

tellit2    

RIP

127 days ago
75.

cementmixer    

RIP Casey. Now the war starts with his blood sucking children.

127 days ago
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