Casey Kasem Dead at age 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82.
Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning.
Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.
The show continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: "And don't forget: 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.
Deraney says the radio broadcaster died early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.