Kasem made his name as a radio host in the 1960s, but he really broke through with the creation of “American Top 40.” The radio show became a taste-making sensation, and Kasem became a household name, radio’s equivalent to Dick Clark. Kasem’s distinct voice and unbridled enthusiasm for music made him a legend, and he continued counting down the nation’s hits for 35 years. Kasem also parlayed his radio skills into a side career as a voiceover artists for cartoons, most notably Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, whom he voiced until 2010.
In recent years, Kasem had been troubled by failing health after having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. His health became the center of a legal battle between his second wife and his children from a previous marriage, and the situation played out in an unfortunate way in the press. He was taken off of feeding tubes this week per a court order.
In a statement released following his death, Kasem’s daughter Kerri said the following: “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.”