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Voice Actor And Radio Host Casey Kasem Dies At 82
America lost a legend this weekend. Radio disc jockey and voice actor Casey Kasem died at the age of 82. This news follows recent reports of Kasem's struggling health. He was reportedly suffering from a fairly common type of progressive dementia called Lewy Body disease. Kasem is probably best known for the many years he delivered the Top 40 to radio listeners, but he also left his mark on the TV world, with voice roles in shows like Scooby-Doo and the original Transformers.
CNN says the immediate cause of Casey Kasem's death was from sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore, this according to a family member. But as mentioned, it sounds like he was struggling with health issues, which rendered him bedridden. A memorial is being planned for him by his daughter in California.
Kasem is remembered well for hosting American Top 40, a radio program that's now hosted by Ryan Seacrest and delivered popular music to the masses. Kasem's run on the series was from 1970 through 1988. You can hear some of it in the video below:
Ryan Seacrest Tweeted this, following word of Kasem's passing...
Since American Top 40, Casey Kasem went on to host other Top 40 radio shows. While Kasem's distinctive voice will likely always be remembered by those of us who enjoyed his radio shows, he's also known for voicing some memorable characters on television, including a few Transformers characters in the 1980s Transformers cartoon series, and even more notably, Shaggy from Scooby-Doo...
Watch Kasem in this telethon video and try not to smile the second Shaggy emerges...
Kasem's stamp on pop culture is more than solidified by the mark he made as a Top 40 announcer, and that's spilled over into some other iconic areas, like this "appearance" in the original Ghostbusters movie. (Hear it at the 1:15 mark)...
The AT40 website has a tribute video for Casey Kasem that you can check out over there.
For his many contributions to radio and television, Casey Kasem will surely be remembered fondly by the generations who appreciated his work. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family in their time of loss.
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