Casey Kasem, the brilliant radio show host-turned-voice of the “American Top 40″ TV countdown has died Sunday morning. He was 82.
Daughter Kerri confirmed her father’s death on Facebook this morning, saying that her legendary father was surrounded by family and friends and explaining that “even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken.”
Kasem was ailing from both advanced Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, both terminal illnesses by themselves. His wife Jean Kasem moved him to a convalescent home in Santa Monica, Calif., a seaside suburb of Los Angeles, a few months ago.
Kasem founded the “AT 40″ radio franchise back in 1970, and soon spawned the wildly popular show until 2004. He went on to do several spinoff countdown shows until he retired from radio in 2009.
Many pop culture watchers are still unaware that Kasem the voice for cartoon characters like Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo” and Robin on “Super Friends.” He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985.
Kasem’s deteriorating health was punctuated by bitter warfare between Jean and Casey’s three children from his previous marriage. The kids claimed Jean blocked them from seeing Casey for several months.
Earlier in the week, daughter Kerri had taken her dad off of all life support including nutrition.