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Radio legend Kasey Kasem dies at 82 amid family dispute

Kasem in better times and a special event honoring Barbara Walters
Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

The former American Top 40 host and voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo passed away early Sunday morning, Father's Day, at age 82. Kasem had been very ill for several years and was the center of a conflict between his two eldest children and his wife, who were vying for control of his healthcare. The situation became more prominent in May when Kasem went missing from the facility where he was being cared for and could not be located for several days. He was found in Washington state, safe and sound. In the weeks leading up to his death, Kasem was no longer able to eat or intake fluids without pain. His daughter Kerri and wife Jean wrestled over the whether to keep feeding and hydrating him, a decision that came in favor of Kerri by a judge just last week.

Kerri, who has been very public in the fight to help her ailing father, was the one to announce her father's death on her Facebook:

"Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.

With love,

Kerri, Mike and Julie."

Arrangements for funeral services are currently being made by the family. Kasem will forever be remembered for his upbeat and sunny radio personality and his contributions to the entertainment industry.

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