Casey Kasem Dies; Radio and Cartoon Voice, Actor and Musician Casey Kasem Was Much More Than Shaggy; Keep Reaching for The Stars

Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host, died on Father's Day. He was 82. Casey Kasem's voice graced Top 40 radio and cartoons for the past 40 years.
Casey Kasem, was proabably best known as the voice of Shaggy on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?." Kasem was a legend because he was the voice "American Top 40" 

Kasem Kasem died Sunday  at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash., after a heartbreaking courtroom drama unfolded across the headlines.

Kasem died of Lewy body dementia, which had been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Lewy body dementia afflicts 1.3 million Americans. It is a progressive brain disorder in which Lewy bodies, which are abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein, build up in areas of the brain that regulate behavior, cognition, and movement., a common form of progressive dementia.

Casey's daughter Kerri confirmed the radio announcer's death in a Facebook post on Father's Day.

Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem was born on April 27, 1932. Kemal Amin Kasem's parents were Lebanese Druze immigrants and Kasem consistently promoted Lebanese pride.He began his radio career when he was still in high school in Detroit. Kasem was drafted when he was 20 during the Korean War. He spun discs for the Armed Forced Radio Korea Network. When he got back to the states, he worked at stations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York.

In 1970, Kasem and Tom Rounds and Ron Jacobs and Don Bustany founded the American Top 40 franchise. Casey hosted the program until 1988. He stopped to host Casey's Top 40, Casey's Hot 20, and Casey's Countdown and then went back to American Top 40 in 1998 and stayed behind the mic until to 2004. Kasem retired from the shows and their Top 20 and Top 10 spinoffs on July 4, 2009.

Kasem did commercials, Sesame Street voices, joined in many years for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethons, did the voice of Robin in "Super Friends," Mark on "Battle of the Planets," and played a bunch of characters in Transformers. Casey was also the voice of Peter Cottontail in Rankin/Bass's "Here Comes Peter Cottontail." In 2008, Casey voiced "Out of Sight Retro Night" 

Casey Kasem played Shaggy for 40 years.Kasem also appeared on the TV shows "Emergency," "Hawaii Five-O," "Ironside" and "Charlie's Angels." Casey played a meteorologist in "The Dark." He made a cameo in the classic ghost comedy "Ghostbusters."

Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. 

Kasem is survived by the "Cheers" actress Jean Kasem, his second wife, who he married in 1980, and their daughter Liberty Jean Kasem, as well as three children from his first marriage: daughters Kerri and Julie and son Mike. He is also survived by his brother.

Casey Kasem used to end all his shows "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" becaause as he told the New York Times "I just didn't want to say goodbye. Every station I was at, I never said goodbye. I don't know why."Goodbye Casey Kasem.  

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