Casey Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014 due to complications from Lewy body disease. He was 82 years old at the time of his passing.
Kasem, born Kemal Amen Kasem, was born in Detroit to Lebanese immigrants on April 27, 1932. He graduated from Wayne State University and went to work in radio. Kasem gained fame 44 years ago as the host of America’s Top 10 and other weekly radio countdowns of hit pop songs.
Kasem also had a career in animation voice acting, and his roles included Mark in Battle of the Planets (the English dub version of Gatchaman); Cliffjumper, Bluestreak, Teletraan 1, and Dr. Archeville in the first American Transformers animated series; Shaggy in Scooby-Doo; Robin in Super Friends and The Adventures of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder; and Merry in Return of the King.