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              FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Attorneys for Kasem  FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Attorneys for Kasem's wife and one of his adult daughters told a Los Angeles judge on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, that they have reached an agreement that will not require a court conservatorship. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)   

Radio Icon Casey Kasem Dead At 82

After years of battling with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, iconic radio host Casey Kasem died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 82.

Kasem hosted the “America’s Top 40″ radio countdown program for nearly 40 years and voiced the character “Shaggy” in the popular “Scooby-Doo” cartoons of the 1960s and 70s.

The jockey’s smooth voice and optimistic outlook helped defined a generation of radio, but Kasem’s story took a darker turn late in his life. A bitter legal battle between his three adult children and his second wife developed over the ailing host’s medical care, with his children alleging his wife was isolating him from friends and family.

Kasem even disappeared for a time, with his children desperately searching for days until they discovered his wife had moved him to a friend’s home in Washington state. A judge temporarily stripped his wife of her caretaker role following the incident.

ABC News reports that Kasem developed a severe bedsore while in Washington and was listed in critical  condition when he was returned to Los Angeles earlier this month. If that complication played a role in his death, it’s likely the legal feud between Kasem’s children and wife will continue.

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