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Legendary radio host Casey Kasem dies at 82

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Legendary radio host Casey Kasem dies at 82

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jun 15, 2014

Legendary radio host Casey Kasem has died at 82 years old, ending a messy family dispute over his end-of-life care. Kasem died Sunday at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash.


"Kasem suffered from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease and hallucinations," reports the Chicago Tribune. "His medical care and visitor access has been at the center of a legal tussle between the children from his first marriage--Kerri, Julie and Mike--and his second wife, Jean Kasem, with whom he has one child, Liberty."

The longtime radio host of "American Top 40," Kasem is also fondly remembered as the iconic voice of "Shaggy" in the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon.

Kasem was the youngest member ever inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1997, Billboard magazine honored him with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. 

He ended each of his radio shows with his trademark phrase, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.