BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Casey Kasem, the famed American musician, disc jockey and voice of "Shaggy" from the Scooby-Doo franchise, has passed away on Father's Day at the age of 82.
His daughter, Kerri Kasem confirmed the news through Twitter on the early hours of Saturday morning:
Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even (cont) http://t.co/G4mxcmGWch— Kerri Kasem (@KerriKasem) June 15, 2014
Due to its length, here's a full transcript of that tweet:
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.
Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.
READ MORE: The late "Top 40" host was recently entangled in family feud involving his health care.