Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82
Casey Kasem, the radio host and voice-over actor best known for being the first host of the popular American Top 40 radio program, and was also the voice of Shaggy in the long-running Scooby-Doo animated series, has died at the age of 82.
A publicist for his daughter Kerri says that he died Sunday after being hospitalized for weeks. Kasem had suffered from both Parkinson’s Disease and a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease.
The radio personality had hosted American Top 40 from 1970 to 1987, and returned to the program from 1998 to 2004. He also had a long-running voice role as the character Shaggy in Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros.’ popular Scooby-Doo cartoon franchise, which he would continue to play until his retirement from show business in 2009. Current AT40 host Ryan Seacrest says he is saddened by the news: “It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world,” he said. “When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment.”
Kasem is survived by his second wife, Jean, and his three children, Kerri, Julie, and Mike.