Legendary Radio Personality Casey Kasem dies at 82


Published 06/15 2014 08:04PM

Updated 06/15 2014 08:47PM

Story by Todd Leopold, CNN

Casey Kasem, who entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host
of countdown shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," died early
Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Kerri Kasem.

The news was confirmed by Casey's Kasem's agent, Don Pitts.

Casey Kasem was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.

"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by
family and friends," Kasem's children -- Kerri, Mike and Julie -- wrote in a statement
released by Kasem's representative, Danny Deraney.

"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."

Kasem's longtime friend, Gonzalo Venecia, and his younger brother, Mouner Kasem, were
also with him when he died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, at
3:25 a.m. Sunday, a family member said.

Casey Kasem had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of
progressive dementia after Alzheimer's.


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