Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem is dead at 82

BY Elisabeth Ponsot  June 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM EST

Casey Kasem, the radio legend celebrated for counting down the nation’s greatest hits on the “American Top 40″ broadcast died on Sunday. He was 82.

His daughter, Kerri Kasem, confirmed his death in a statement posted online.

“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” she said.

“Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken.”

The Top 40 countdown began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. Casem retired from the show in 2004, and television host Ryan Seacrest took over the program.

Kasem ended the broadcast with his signature sign-off: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Beyond his extensive radio career, Casem was also a celebrated voice actor. One of his best known characters was the voice of Shaggy on the “Scooby Doo” cartoon series.