Kerri Kasem was involved in a recent legal battle over visitation rights to her father, claiming that Casey Kasem's second wife, Jean Kasem and her stepchildren were preventing Kerri from visiting Casey Kasem. Kerri was ultimately granted visitation, and the rights to make medical decisions on his behalf.
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, Casey Kasem grew up in Detroit, raised by his parents who were Lebanese Druze immigrants. After graduating from Wayne State University, Casey Kasem got his start in radio during the Korean War working for Armed Forces Radio. After he left the service and returned the U.S., he worked for numerous radio stations as a disc jockey before hosting the hit syndicated radio program American Top 40 in 1970. He hosted the program until 1988, counting down the top songs each week while offering viewers tidbits of trivia about the artists mixed in with colorful anecdotes. He closed every show with the catch phrase "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars." At the show's peak, it was carried on over 1,000 radio stations across the country.
He also provided the voice for Shaggy on the hit animated TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, continuing to voice Shaggy for a number of different production all the way up until 2009. He also voiced Robin, Dick Greyson and a number of other characters on The Batman/Superman Hour, Peter Cottontail in Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Robin on The World's Greatest SuperFriends and Cliffjumper in The Transformers: The Movie. He also had a cameo as himself in Ghostbusters, and appeared in a number of other TV shows such as Emergency!, Hawaii Five-O, Ironside and Charlie's Angels.
SAG/AFTRA President Ken Howard issued the following statement regarding Casey Kasem's passing.
Casey Kasem is survived by his second wife Jean Kasem, daughters Liberty Jean Kasem, Kerri Kasem and Julie Kasem, son Mike Kasem and his brother Mouner Kasem.