Vale: Casey Kasem
He was Mr. American Top 40, but Casey Kasem was also the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
Kasem, who was known to millions as the man behind American Top 40, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and a form of dementia.
His death comes after a highly publicised battle over his healthcare between his second wife, Jean, and the three adult children from his first marriage.
Kasem’s American Top 40 premiered in 1970 on a radio network of just seven stations but eventually aired on more than 1,000 stations in the US and abroad. Based on the Billboard charts, it ran for 39 years with the latest pop songs, trivia and long-distance dedications, before Ryan Seacrest took the chair.
In addition to his radio career, Kasem was a prolific voice-over man.
He provided the voice of Scooby Doo‘s sidekick, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, from 1969 to 1997, reprising it again from 2002 until 2009.
Other credits included Jane of the Jungle, The Transformers, Johnny Bravo, Sesame Street, Battle of the Planets, Josie and the Pussycats and The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo.
Then there were the appearances in Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, Police Story, Ironside, Alf, Sister, Sister, The Ben Stiller Show, Saved by the Bell and Saturday Night Live.