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Casey KasemRadio and voice over legend Casey Kasem has died at  82.

Kasem suffered from Lewy body disease, a progressive form of dementia thathich left him unable to speak, eat or move on his own. He was transferred to hospice care in Washington state shortly before his death.

Born Kemal Amin Kasem on April 27, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, Kasem was the son of Lebanese immigrant parents.

Kasem began his radio career in Flint, Michigan in the early 1950s. He was soon drafted into the Army and served in Korea, where he worked as a disc jockey and announcer on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network.

Once he returned to the U.S., Kasem continued to develop his radio skills, working as a DJ at radio stations in San Francisco, Oakland, Cleveland, Buffalo and Los Angeles. Then Kasem got the break that would make him a household name. On Jul. 4, 1970, Kasem launched the national radio show “American Top 40.” The weekly program, featuring Kasem counting down the most popular songs in the country became a smash hit and remained on the air until 1988. Kasem re-launched the show in 1998 which is currently hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

 

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