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US radio icon Casey Kasem dies aged 82

Published 15/06/2014 | 16:38

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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 15:  Radio personality Casey Kasem arrives at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Radio personality Casey Kasem arrives at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

US radio icon Casey Kasem has died aged 82.

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The ‘American Top 40’ radio personality had been living with Parkinson's disease and dementia and died today surrounded by friends and family in a California hospital.

Casey’s daughter Kerri Kasem shared the news on her official Facebook page .

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

“ 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,” she continued.

“With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie”.

TMZ reported that Kerri took her father off life support this week.

Casey was best known for the popular music show ‘American Top 40’, which he founded and hosted from 1970 to 1988 and again from 1998 to 2004.

He retired from radio in 2009.

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