Casey Kasem, King Of The Top 40 Countdown, Dead At 82 - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Casey Kasem, King Of The Top 40 Countdown, Dead At 82

Posted: Updated:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem has died.

The radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice began hosting "American Top 40" on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The show became a staple for many with Kasem's sentimental "long distance dedications" from listeners and his famous signoff: "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

Kasem stepped down from "American Top 40" in 2004 and retired altogether in 2009.

Kasem's voice also was heard in TV cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo," in which he played Shaggy, and numerous commercials.

In recent years, Kasem was trapped in a feud between his three adult children and his second wife over his health care. Kasem suffered from Parkinson's disease and a form of dementia.

A publicist for Kasem's daughter says Kasem died early Sunday, surrounded by family and friends. He was 82.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The 47 ABC "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.