For any child growing up under the mantle of Scooby-Doo or American Top 40, the voice of Casey Kasem was legendary. Born the son of two Lebanese immigrants, Kemal Amin Kesem would change his name to Casey to sound more like a DJ. He was outspoken on the rights of Arab-Americans and their contributions to the United States as well as art and culture.
Known best for his work as Shaggy on the popular cartoon Scooby-Doo, as well as for his long career on the radio doing American Top 40, before it was turned over to Ryan Seacrest.
Casey Kasem faced a long medical struggle and succumbed this morning, accompanied by his family. He was 82.
As Casey Kasem would say, “And don’t forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”