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Casey Kasem
Casey and Jean Kasem 1993 - headshot.jpg
Kasem and his wife Jean at the 1993 Emmy Awards
Born Kemal Amen Kasem
Aprile 27, 1932(1932-04-27)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died Juin 15, 2014(2014-06-15) (aged 82)
Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.
Naitionality American
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Radio personality, stand-up comedian, musician, disc jockey, actor, comedian
Years active 1954–2009
Spoose(s) Linda Myers (m. 1972-1979, divorced)
Jean Kasem (m. 1980-2014, his death)
Childer Kerri, Julie, Mike (with Myers)
Liberty (with Thompson)
Signatur Casey Kasem (signature).png

Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem (Aprile 27, 1932 – Juin 15, 2014) wis an American disc jockey, radio personality, music historian, stand-up comedian, actor, singer, musician, vyce artist, and comedian. He wis kent for his many vyce roles in cartoons and for bein a public radio personality.[1]

Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kasem wis born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, Michigan on Aprile 27, 1932,[1][2] to Lebanese immigrant parents. They settlit in Michigan, where they workit as grocers.[1]

Kasem graduatit frae Northwestern High School in Detroit and Wayne State University.[3]

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kasem's career began in the radio business in the 1950s in Flint, Michigan. He then made his first film appearance in Easy Rider in 1967.

He wis the host o the weekly American Top 40 radio show frae 1970 to 1988, and again frae Mairch 1998 until January 10, 2004. Ryan Seacrest is now the host. Kasem is the host of two weekly radio shows, American Top 20 with Casey Kasem and American Top 10 with Casey Kasem.

Kasem did the vyce of many advertisements, has done many vyces for Sesame Street, and is the vyce of 'Shaggy' for the animated televeesion show Scooby-Doo.[1]

Kasem retirit in 2009 because o old age and health concerns.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kasem marrit Linda Myers in 1972. The couple had three children.[1] Kasem then marrit Jean Thompson in 1980.[1] The couple had one child. Kasem livit in Washington state.

Kasem wis a Democrat. He narratit televeesion ads for 1972 preses candidate George McGovern's campaign.[4]

Disappearance[eedit | eedit soorce]

On Mey 12, 2014, Kasem wis declared missin bi a Los Angeles court judge orderit an investigation for his whereabouts.[5] Soon after, Kasem wis found alive in Washington state, havin movit out of the United States.[6]

Health[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kasem sufferit frae Parkinson's disease and an early form o dementia.[7]

On Juin 6, 2014, Kasem wis in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state hospital, receivin antibiotic treatment frae blood pressure and bedsores. He also suffers frae Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's and has been bed-ridden.[8]

Daith[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kasem deit in Gig Harbor, Washington frae complications o dementia, agit 82.[9] He is survivit bi his wife, Jean, and four children.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Casey Kasem Biography (1932-)". Retrieved May 10, 2011.  Source notes: "some sources cite 1933"
  2. "Casey Kasem's birthday". Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  3. "Person of the Week: Casey Kasem". ABC News. January 2, 2004. Archived from the original on October 12, 2004. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  4. "George McGovern '72 & '84 Television Ads". YouTube. YouTube. 
  5. "Judge Orders Probe Into Casey Kasem's Whereabouts". ABC News. Associated Press. May 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  6. "Casey Kasem whereabouts". May 15, 2014. 
  7. "Casey Kasem's daughter asks judge to let her move terminally-ill father to a Los Angeles nursing home amid claims he has only six months to live". Daily Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  8. "Casey Kasem alert but in critical condition". CNN. June 6, 2014. 
  9. "Casey Kasem, Wholesome vyce of Pop Radio, Dies at 82". New York Retrieved June 15, 2014. 

Further readin[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Durkee, Rob. American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century, Schriner Books, New York, 1999. ISBN 0-02-864895-1
  • Battistini, Pete. "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem (The 1970s)",, January 31, 2005. ISBN 1-4184-1070-5

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