Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. We’ll miss you, Casey. pic.twitter.com/cxYhONfrqz
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 15, 2014
Legendary radio disc jockey Casey Kasem, who invented the top-40 countdown and served as the longtime voice of Shaggy on the children’s cartoon “Scooby Doo,” died Sunday at age 82. Almost immediately as the news broke, tributes started to pour in, including this emotional one from his daughter, Kerri Kasem:
“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,” she wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Ryan Seacrest, who took over the “American Top 40” countdown show from 2004, has frequently talked about Kasem being his idol. He released a statement Sunday that called Kasem’s death a loss for radio listeners and said that when he was younger, he would hear Kasem’s show and “dream about someday becoming a radio DJ.”
Many other famous fans also paid tribute on Twitter:
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 15, 2014
Casey Kasem made those of us who took pop music seriously feel much less alone in the world.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) June 15, 2014
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 15, 2014
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 15, 2014
— Cody Alan (@cmtcody) June 15, 2014
RIP Casey Kasem. My thoughts are with his children who didn’t get time with their father before his passing. So sad.
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) June 15, 2014
RIP Casey Kasem who inspired all of us in radio & turned millions of people onto music. Sending love to @KerriKasem, family and friends.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) June 15, 2014
RIP Casey Kasem. This last long distance dedication is for you. Prayers to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/NpF7aN26Z8
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) June 15, 2014
Casey Kasem, one of the most decent men I ever knew. ..”keep reaching for the stars…” look for The Light, godspeed pic.twitter.com/aVGG84ujfG
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 15, 2014
“For many…Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music… may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars.’” — President Ken Howard
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) June 15, 2014
NBC News confirms: Casey Kasem — the original voice of the American Top 40 countdown died Sunday morning. Keep reaching for the stars.
— Al Roker (@alroker) June 15, 2014
#CaseyKasem was our gift to dance and music. His countdown to the top hits gave us reason for joy. May his spirit lives on. Rest in peace.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) June 15, 2014