Radio icon Casey Kasem has passed away at the age of 82. The DJ, best known for his ‘American Top 40′ countdown show and a variety of spinoffs, died early Sunday morning (June 15) after suffering from advanced Parkinson’s Disease and dementia.
For many, Kasem was a window into the music world for a generation of music lovers, as he counted down the top tracks in the land and reached many with his Long Distance Dedications. He hosted the show from 1970 through 2004, when Ryan Seacrest was named the new host of the program.
Kasem had been hospitalized in Washington state since June 1, and his care had been the subject of much press in recent months as his children and wife Jean took their dispute to court.
Kerri Kasem, Casey’s daughter and former co-host of ‘Sixx Sense,’ revealed Kasem’s death in a Facebook post that can be read below:
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. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.
With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.