Countdown King Kasem Dies at 82

By: Pat Thomas Email
By: Pat Thomas Email

TMZ is reporting longtime disc jockey Casey Kasem died Sunday morning at 82. He had suffered for several years from dementia and Parkinson's.

Kasem's final months were notable for a family dispute during which his kids say his current wife wouldn't let them see him.

Kasem created the "American Top 40" national radio show in 1970 and continued to host various countdown shows until he retired in 2009. He played the 40 highest charting songs of the week, sharing stories and statistics about them, and ended each show with the phrase, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

He also was the voice of cartoon characters including Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo."

He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985.


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