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'America's Top 40' host and 'Scooby-Doo' alumni Casey Kasem died at 82


We lost another father in the world of popular music with Casey Kasem, who passed away at the age of 82 after bouts with Parkinson's and dementia; his daughter Kerri tweeted the sad news this morning.

The predecessor of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Casey Kasem was the voice behind America's Top 40, where its success led to the syndicated television spin-off America's Top 10. Like Dick Clark's American Bandstand, America's Top 10 was another predecessor to MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) with Carson Daly: bringing the latest Top 10 hits week after week.

Along with Bandstand and Don Cornelius' Soul Train, America's Top 10 completed the trinity of keeping viewers' beat going throughout the 1980s and early 1990s every Saturday afternoon.

Kasem also led his voice to Saturday morning in the Scooby-Doo cartoons as the voice of Shaggy, one of the 'Mystery, Inc.' gang who traveled across America in their 'Mystery Machine' solving mysteries with the aid of their canine friend Scooby. The success and popularity of Scooby-Doo led to several spin-offs and two big-screen film adaptations with Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Fred and real-life wife Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne. And speaking of Gellar, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer was inspired by Scooby-Doo, as Buffy and her Scooby gang spent seven seasons fighting the forces of darkness in the town of Sunnydale.

Kasem is survived by his second wife Jean and three children from a previous marriage.

Whereas Dick Clark's American Bandstand salute was 'So long!', and Don Cornelius wishing us was 'Love, peace, and soul' once the ride on the Soul Train came to an end, what was Casey Kasem's message at the end of America's Top 10?

'Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars'

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