By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The name Casey Kasem might not ring a bell, but trust me, if you’ve ever enjoyed a mega popular top 40 list on the radio or MTV, this guy was the original kingmaker of the music industry. Besides ruling the radio waves for over 40 years as a DJ, where he created the American Top 40 countdown, Kasem was also the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo! as well as several other cartoon characters. Sadly, Kasem passed away on Sunday at age 82.
Surrounded by family and friends in Gig Harbor, Washington, Kasem died after struggling with the mind-weakening Lewy Body disease for years. Celebrities and fans around the world are saddened by the loss, but Kasem definitely lived a very long and successful life.
Not only did Kasem found the American Top 40 in 1970, hosting it until 1988 and from 1998 to 2004, he also used his voice for numerous commercials, like Red Lobster, Heinz Ketchup, Sears, Chevy, Ford, Oscar Mayer, Velveeta, and Dairy Queen.
Kasem’s legendary voice was also featured on tons of classic shows, like Sesame Street, and he was also Peter Cottontail the rabbit in Here Comes Peter Cottontail. In fact, Kasem’s voice acting career included Robin from Super Friends, several Transformers cartoon characters in the 80s, Mark on Battle of the Planets, and Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! from 1969 to 1995, then again from 2002 to 2009!
Images courtesy of Casey Kasem Facebook.