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How did you spend Father's Day? What did you get your dad? I bet it wasn't a Mercedes, like this guy.
RIP Casey Kasem
It was a sad Father's Day for the Kasem family - and for the world of broadcasting. Radio legend Casey Kasem died yesterday at the age of 82 from Lewy body disease, the second most common type of progressive dementia, after Alzheimer's.
"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," Kerri Kasem tweeted. "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."
In his final months, Casey was the subject of a family feud in court. His wife, Jean Kasem, is currently being investigated for elder abuse due to allegations from daughter Kerri. According to CNN, just last week a judge gave Kerri the legal right to take her father infusions of water, food, and medicine that had basically been keeping him alive.
But more on his legendary four decade long career. Kasem was already a popular radio jockey in Los Angeles when he became the host of "American Top 40" in 1970. Thanks to the top song, the artist info, album cuts, and "long distance dedication," the show became a hit and Casey became a star. "Kasem started the show in 1970, a curious time to start a show about Top 40 mainstream pop, because the format had just been pronounced dead and progressive album-oriented radio was on the rise," wrote Susan Orlean in a 1990 "New York Times Magazine" profile. "He infused the show with corny reverence for conventional American values exactly when cynicism had become the more fashionable posture." Eventually his show moved to the small screen, endearing him to even more people. According to IMDB, he also voiced Shaggy on "Scooby-Do" and appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows, including appearances as himself. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Most people remember Casey from his syndicated radio countdown, but if you were a kid in the 70's you'll also recognize him as the voice of Robin on the Super Friends and other Batman cartoons...
or as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo, and co hosting the MDA telethon with Jerry Lewis.
If you're a listener of The Brew the name Kerri Kasem may also sound familiar... until recently she was the cohost of "The Sixx Sense" with Nikki Sixx, and one of the hottest women in radio (after Marianne Sierk of course.