On this depressing Father’s Day Sunday, we’re all making sad long distance dedications to Casey Kasem (born name: Kemal Amin Kasem ) who is now up in Heaven. Casey’s daughter Kerri Kasem announced on Facebook this morning that the world has lost the velvet-voiced radio legend who taught us all that 40 comes after 39 and 39 comes after 38 and 38 comes after, shit, I forgot, because Casey’s not here to tell me!
CNN says that Casey died at 3:25 this morning at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. Casey had been suffering from Parkinson’s, Lewy body disease and his family’s ridiculous bullshit for a long time. Before Casey took his last breath, he was surrounded by his family and friends including his gold digging batshit crazy wife Jean Kasem and his Scientologist daughter Kerri Kasem. No word if raw ground beef made an encore performance on Kerri’s face. Kerri left this message on Facebook this morning:
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 started his road to being a radio icon in the 1950s. Casey was drafted into the army and sent to Korea where he DJ’d a show on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network. After he left the army, Casey worked for radio stations in San Francisco, Oakland, Buffalo, Cleveland and L.A. before he became the voice of American Top 40 in 1970. Casey hosted the American Top 40 for over 30 years before handing the mic over to Ryan Seacrest in 2004. And Shaggy from Scooby Doo is now mute and he’ll never say “ZOINKS!” again, because Casey was his voice.
Here’s my favorite Casey Kasem moment of all-time. “I want somebody to use his fucking brain to not come out of a goddamned record that’s uptempo and I’ve gotta talk about a dog dying” is Casey’s “We’ll do it live!”
Rest in peace, Casey…..
And now the world is left with Ryan Seacrest.