Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem has passed away at age 82 early Sunday morning. Kasem, who is most notably known for his stint on American Top 40, had been hospitalized for over two weeks. Kasem had been suffering from Lewy Body disease, which is progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s. He passed due to sepsis of a bedsore.
Of note, Kasem had been in a bitter court battle with three of his children and his wife Jean over the decisions of his hospitalization. The full (fairly crazy) story can be found here.
Casey Kasem had been the legendary figure of American Top 40 and Casey’s Top 40 for almost forty years. AT4 started on just seven radio stations but grew to thousands all across the globe. His first #1 was Three Dog Night’s “Mamma Told Me Not to Come” and his last, exactly 39 years later, was Shinedown’s “Second Chance”. His voice was instantly recognizable for several generations of music lovers and was beloved by millions of people. Not only that, but Kasem was the voice of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo fame. Due to my age, this probably had the biggest impact on me but I do know what he meant to my sister and parents; he was the voice of American Music for decades.
Casey Kasem will be missed by a countless number of fans all across the globe. His sultry, baritone voice belayed the sincere kindness he always showed during his “Dear Casey” segments. If Heaven ever needed a DJ, they found one. I could go on about how much Casey meant to the world, but I’ll digress. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Kasem’s signature sign-off:
Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.