Radio personality Casey Kasem, who provided the distinctive voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons has died aged 82. Mr Kasem spent over 40 years on American radio, presenting a series of top 40 countdown shows. He voiced Scooby-Doo’s resident slacker from the show’s inception in 1969 till 1997, before taking up the role again from 2002-2010. The three children, all from Mr Kasem’s first marriage had been locked in a bitter legal fight for care of the former DJ with his second wife Jean Kasem in the last years of his life.
Diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, an illness closely associated to Parkinson’s disease, Mr Kasem had reportedly lost the ability to speak. Most recently, a judge in May temporarily stripped his wife of her caretaker role after she moved him from a medical facility in Los Angeles to a friend’s home in Washington state. Kasem was the son of Lebanese immigrants and was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans and even had his own TV programme and In his famed sign off, he would tell viewers: “And don’t forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”