Casey Kasem — who entertained audiences for four years as the host of countdown shows, like American Top 40, Casey’s Top 40, and as the baritone voice of lanky pseudo detective Shaggy in the Scooby Doo franchise — died early Sunday.
News of Kasem’s death came in the form of a Facebook message from his eldest daughter, Keri Kasem, who has spent the past several months locked in a family dispute over her father’s care.
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. 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.”
The late Kasem, 82, had been hospitalized in Washington state for the past two weeks, following the most recent court battle between the Kasem kids — Keri, Mike and Julie — and Casey’s wife of 32 years, Jean.
Casey had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia. Over the past year, Jean had been accused of barring family and friend’s access to her ailing husband, illegally transporting the elderly icon from a California healthcare facility to a private home in Washington and throwing ground beef at Keri after she was appointed Casey’s court-appointed guardian.
A memorial service is planned for Friday in Los Angeles.