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Radio Icon, Casey Kasem, Dead at 82

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It has been a very tragic few months for Casey Kasem. This morning (June 15) his life has come to an end. Kasem, the original voice of the ‘American Top 40′ countdown, passed away surrounded by family and friends. His daughter on her facebook page said…”he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken.”

The longtime voice of Shaggy in the ‘Scooby-Doo’ cartoons was moved to a convalescent home in Santa Monica a few months ago by his wife Jean Kasem. He suffered from advanced Parkinson’s Disease and dementia and recently was in the middle of a bitter feud between Jean and Casey’s three children from his previous marriage. The kids claimed Jean blocked them from seeing Casey for several months. Just last week, Kerri took her dad off of all life support including nutrition.

Casey Kasem was 82.

Casey Kasem is one of the main reasons I do what I do. I have always wanted to be a disc jockey. I was fortunate to hear the very first AT40 show back on July 4, 1970. I loved the history, the trivia, the story telling. He wasn’t just an announcer. He was a personality.

Thank you, Casey…”Keep reaching for the stars!”

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