Casey Kasem, the voice of “American Top 40″ and Shaggy on “Scooby-Doo,” died Sunday at the age of 82, and within the hour of the news breaking, stars were posting their condolences on Twitter and issuing statements on the late radio legend.
His daughter Kerri Kasem confirmed his death with a Facebook post on Father’s Day. The fixture of cartoon programs died of Lewy body disease, a common form of progressive dementia.
Ryan Seacrest issued the following statement on Kasem’s death: “It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world. When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”
SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard also gave a statement on Kasem: “For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown program brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars.'”
Below are some of the many stars who reached out via Twitter:
RIP Casey Kasem. My thoughts are with his children who didn't get time with their father before his passing. So sad.—
(@oliviamunn) June 15, 2014
NBC News confirms: Casey Kasem — the original voice of the American Top 40 countdown died Sunday morning. Keep reaching for the stars.—
Al Roker (@alroker) June 15, 2014
"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars," Casey Kasem.—
*NSYNC (@NSYNC) June 15, 2014