Legendary radio personality and the voice of many of the classic characters in your favourite old time cartoons like “Batman” and “Scooby Doo” Casey Kasem, has passed away on early Sunday, according to his daughter Kerri Kasem.
He was 82-years-old and was reported to have been in a hospital in Washington for two weeks due to a progressive form of dementia known as Lewy Body Disease.
“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.
Casey Kasem will be remembered as the “the king of countdowns” as he was best known for his work on the “American Top 40” radio show, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and again from 1998 until 2004 when he then passed the job on to Ryan Seacrest.
Kasem was also a talented voice-over artist, most famously voicing Scooby-Doo’s pal, Shaggy. He also lent his talent to many other cartoon characters like Robin, Lexo Starbuck from “Captain Planet”, and a wide range of “Transformers”.