The entertainment industry lost an icon earlier today — Casey Kasem, the radio host responsible for bringing you American Top 40 for nearly three decades passed away after being taken off of life support this past Wednesday. Kasem had been suffering from Lewy Disease, a form of dimentia which causes a rapid decline in mental abilities. Sadly, there had been many legal battles surrounding Kasem's wellbeing between his current wife and children from a previous marriage. His disappearance back in May also put his complicated personal life in the public spotlight. Now that he has passed, his children are focusing on remembering their father for the long and fulfilling life he had, rather than the more recent tragic events. Casem's son Mike Kasem, who is also a radio personality, took to Twitter and Facebook to post a touching tribute to his father. The post reads,
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.
Despite the headlines surrounding Kasem's declining health and family affairs, his closest friends and family, as well as his fans will remember him for the one-of-a-kind mark he left on our culture. He brought us our favorite songs year after year and his warm presence in the world will certainly be missed.