Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem; April 27, 1932– June 15, 2014) was an American radio personality, music historian, actor, and voice artist. He is known for his many voice roles in cartoons and for being a public radio personality.
Kasem at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989
Kemal Amin Kasem
April 27, 1932
|Died||June 15, 2014 (aged 82)|
Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.
|Cause of death||Sepsis and dementia|
|Resting place||Vestre gravlund, Oslo, Norway|
|Alma mater||Wayne State University|
|Occupation||Radio personality, musician, disc jockey, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Myers (m. 1972-1979, divorced)|
Jean Kasem (m. 1980-2014, his death)
Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese immigrant parents. They settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers. Kasem graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit and Wayne State University.
He was the host of the weekly American Top 40 radio show from 1970 to 1988, and again from March 1998 until January 10, 2004. Ryan Seacrest is now the host. Kasem is the host of two weekly radio shows, American Top 20 with Casey Kasem and American Top 10 with Casey Kasem.
Kasem retired in 2009 because of old age and health concerns.
On June 6, 2014, Kasem was in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state hospital, receiving antibiotic treatment from blood pressure and bedsores. He also suffered from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's and was bed-ridden.
Kasem died in Gig Harbor, Washington from complications of dementia and sepsis, aged 82. On August 14 it was reported in the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that Kasem was going to be buried in Oslo. The funeral administration of Oslo, Norway confirmed that Kasem was buried at Vestre Gravlund in Oslo on December 16, 2014.
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- "Casey Kasem alert but in critical condition". CNN. June 6, 2014.
- "Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82". New York Times.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- Marcus Husby (August 14, 2014). "Gravferdsetaten bekrefter likflytting til Oslo" (in Norwegian). Retrieved August 15, 2014.
The Oslo graveyard authority confirm that Casey Kasem's body will be transported to Norway
- Tim Appelo (August 14, 2014). "Casey Kasem to Be Buried in Norway". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- "Publicist: Casey Kasem to be buried in Norway". Associated Press. August 15, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 204. Check date values in:
- "Casey Kasem -- Buried in Norway ... Finally". TMZ.com. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
- Gulbrandsen, Elise Alexandra; Huseby, Marcus; Alvsing, Felicia. "Amerikansk radiokjendis gravlagt i Oslo" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
| American Top 40 host
| American Top 40 host