DJ Mike Kasem's dad -- voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo -- dies on Father's Day

16 June 2014 / 2 years 4 months ago

Singapore-based DJ Mike Kasem's father -- famous for playing the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo cartoons in the 80s and 90s -- has died aged 82.

According to his media representative, Casey Kasem, who is considered one of the United States' most famous radio DJs, died on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.

He had been suffering from Lewy body dementia, a degenerative disease similar to Parkinson's, and had been hospitalized in critical condition.

His family had been involved in a legal battle over his care and visitation rights and a judge had ruled that daughter Kerri Kasem, who was in charge of his care, be allowed to implement end-of-life measures for the ailing radio personality, against the wishes of his wife and her stepmother, Jean.

Casey is survived by Jean, Kerri, other daughters Julie and Liberty, son Mike, brother Mouner and sister-in-law Mary and ex-wife, Linda.

"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," she said on her Facebook page, alongside a throwback photo. 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." "

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