It’s a sad day in the radio world. Legendary voice actor and DJ Casey Kasem has passed away at 82. He had been suffering from Lewy body disease, a type of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
Kasem’s representative, Danny Deraney, released a statement from Kasem’s children — Kerri, Mike, and Julie —
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 … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”
A family member has said that the immediate cause of death was from “sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore.”
Kasem was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, as well as the host of the syndicated radio show American Top 40, which Ryan Seacrest later took over in 2004. Seacrest expressed his condolences on Twitter Sunday morning. He posted the picture above, along with the following message:
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. We’ll miss you, Casey.”
Rest in peace, Casey Kasem!
– xo, A