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Kasem at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989
Kemal Amin Kasem

(1932-04-27)April 27, 1932
Died June 15, 2014(2014-06-15) (aged 82)
Cause of death Sepsis and dementia
Resting place Vestre gravlund, Oslo, Norway
Nationality American
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Radio personality, musician, disc jockey, actor, comedian
Years active 1954–2009
Spouse(s) Linda Myers (m. 1972-1979, divorced)
Jean Kasem (m. 1980-2014, his death)
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Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem; April 27, 1932– June 15, 2014) was an American radio personality, stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is known for his many voice roles in cartoons and for being a public radio personality.

Early life

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.


Kasem's career began in the radio business in the 1950s in Flint, Michigan. He then made his first movie appearance in Easy Rider in 1967.

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 did the voice of many advertisements, has done many voices for Sesame Street, and is the voice of 'Shaggy' for the animated television show Scooby-Doo.

Kasem retired in 2009 because of old age and health concerns.

Personal life

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Kasem and his wife Jean at the 1993 Emmy Awards

Kasem married Linda Myers in 1972. The couple had three children. Kasem then married Jean Thompson in 1980. The couple had one child. Kasem lived in Washington state.

Kasem was a Democrat. He narrated television ads for 1972 president candidate George McGovern's campaign.


On May 12, 2014, Kasem was declared missing by a Los Angeles court judge ordered an investigation for his whereabouts. Soon after, Kasem was found alive in Washington state, having moved out of the United States.


Kasem suffered from Parkinson's disease and an early form of dementia.

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 suffers from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's and has been 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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