Casey Kasem, the man with the golden voice who ushered in countless pop and mainstream acts, has died at the age of 82.
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.
Casey Kasem was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.
Casey Kasem had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s.
He had recently been the subject of a bitter court battle involving three of his children by a previous marriage and his wife, Jean.
His oldest children, who challenged their stepmother for control of Kasem’s medical decisions in his last months, are not fighting his wife for possession of his remains, a family member told CNN Sunday.
Kasem had been the voice of American Top 40 for 39 years, making him the voice of several generations of music.