The man who taught America how to count to 40..backwards, Casey Kasem, passed away early Sunday morning. He was 82 years old.
Kasem created the American Top 40 franchise, now known as American Top 40 With Ryan Seacreast, in 1970 and hosted the radio show until leaving in 2004. He didn’t retire completely until 2009, hosting a slew of other programs in between.
Casey’s daughter Kerri made the announcement of his passing this morning on Facebook.
The news comes after the seemingly endless battle over the radio hosts care and well-being. To say the least, Kerri and her siblings rarely agreed with their stepmother Jean on how to help treat Casey’s advanced Parkinson’s and dementia. They even claimed at one point that Jean blocked them from seeing Casey for several months.
Kerri ultimately won a conservatorship over her father and made the decision to take him off of all life support earlier this week.
In addition to his work on radio, Casey was also very famous for voicing cartoon voices like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo and Robin on Super Friends. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985.
He also made Sunday mornings that mice brighter, always reminding his listeners to, “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”