ByRory O'Connor, writer at
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Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem, voice actor and radio star, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. In 2007 Kasem had signed a letter which stated that he did not want to be kept alive if it:

would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning.

And so his family had him placed on "end of life" measures having been taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington a couple of weeks ago.

Kasem could claim to have had one of the most famous voices in America. He founded the American Top 40 with Don Bustany, Tom Rounds and Ron Jacobs, and hosted it for 24 years, over two stretches, between 1970 and 2004.

He also lent his voice to a great number of popular TV shows, perhaps most notably as the voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo; a role which he embodied for a staggering 40 years. He also voiced some of Jim Henson's Muppets on Sesame Street as well as a number of the Transformers in the animated show. He can also be seen playing himself in Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters from 1984.

A true old-school radio icon, may he forever rest in peace.


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