WASHINGTON, June 15, 2014 – Casey Kasem, a voice anyone over the age of 45 can instantly hear, has passed away at the age of 82. Kasem has been suffering from Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disorder and was in hospice care at the time of his death.
His daughter Kerri, announced his death saying:
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.
With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.”
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, but using the name Casey, he was an American musician, disc jockey, radio personality and actor. He was, and will always be the voice for America’s Top 40.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1932, Kasim was married to Linda Myers Kasem from 1972 – 1979 having four children Kerri, Mike, Liberty Irene and Julie Kasem. He is also survived by two grandchildren.
Casey Kasem, and Dick Clark (d. April 18., 2012) defined the music of the 1970’s. American Bandstand, from 1952 to 1987 and America’s Top 40 broke out many a musician and band. American Top 40 was a four-hour block of songs played from the Billboard pop charts, along with trivia, anecdotes about celebrities and letters from listeners.
Casey Kasem was the first to give his audience a chance to “comment” and join the conversation. His sense of listener participation is not the only “present” day norm that Kasem broke. While most kids watch their videos on YouTube, in 1980, Kasems America’s Top Ten went on the air, earning him the distinction of being the first vee-jay
His first marriage, to Linda Myers, ended in divorce. Besides his wife, survivors include three children from his first marriage, Julie, Mike and Kerri; a daughter from his second marriage, Liberty; and two grandchildren.
Kasem was not certain that his radio work was how he would best be remembered as his profitable second career doing voice-overs for thousands of commercials and cartoons, most notably playing Shaggy, whose comic displays of cowardice helped define “Scooby-Doo” to whole new generation.
“They are going to be playing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo for eons and eons, and they’re going to forget Casey Kasem — unless they happen to step on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” he told the Times in 2004. “I’ll be one of those guys people say, ‘Who’s that?’ about. And someone else will say, ‘He’s just some guy who used to be on the radio.’ ”
In 1980, he married Jean Thompson, an actress who played Loretta Tortelli on the sitcom “Cheers.” Thompson battled with his children, keeping them from their father at the end of hife, until recently when his care was legally turned over to his daughter.
Communities sympathies to family, friends and fan. We hope that for a moment, arguments can be put aside.
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