Casey Kasem, 'American Top 40' And Radio Icon, Dead At 82

Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday. Reuters

Casey Kasem passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday. The "American Top 40" host and radio icon was suffering from Lewy body disease, a type of progressive dementia, and his daughter, Kerri Kassem, removed him from life support earlier in the week.

Kerri Kassem announced the news of her father's passing on Facebook. According to her post, "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."

Kasem's health situation made national headlines following a disagreement over a proper course of action between Jean Kasem, his wife, and his three children. A court ruled in favor of  the children, and Kerri Kasem was given control over her father's care, reports New York Daily News.

Kasem, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was also the voice of Shaggy in the popular TV-cartoon series "Scooby Doo." Kasem was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

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