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On Sunday, June 15, Kerri Kasem, the daughter of beloved radio legend, announced the death of her father, Casey Kasem.
According to CNN, Casey died at 3:25 on Sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. Casey had been suffering from Parkinson’s, and Lewy body disease. Before Casey took his last breath, he was surrounded by his family and friends including his wife wife Jean Kasem and his Scientologist daughter Kerri Kasem.
Kerri’s message on Facebook read, “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.”
Casey started his career as a radio icon in the 1950s. He enlisted into the army and was sent to Korea where he DJ’d a show on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network. After he left the army, he worked for various radio stations in San Francisco, Oakland, Buffalo, Cleveland and L.A. before he became the voice of American Top 40 in 1970.
Casey hosted the American Top 40 for over 30 years before handing the microphone over to Ryan Seacrest in 2004. And did you know this? Shaggy from Scooby Doo cartoon is now.