By: Rachelle Benjamin
June 16, 2014
Casey Kasem, who has entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40,” has died early on Sunday. The news came from a Facebook post from his daughter Kerri Kasem. Don Pitts, Casey Kasems’ agent confirmed the news. Pitts also noted that Kasem 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.
“Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.” Kasem’s children — Kerri, Mike and Julie — wrote in a statement released by Kasem’s representative, Danny Deraney.