Texas Tech Pop-culture Expert Comments on Death of Casey Kasem

Kasem passed away Sunday morning following complications associated with Lewy body disease.



Casey Kasem, best known as host of countdown radio shows such as “American Top 40,” passed away Sunday morning. He had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia behind Alzheimer’s. He was 82 years old.

“Casey Kasem’s voice was the one more Top 40 listeners heard throughout their lifetime, next to Wolfman Jack. Week after week, his velvet smooth voice brought us the hits, and the ‘long-distance dedications.’  Kasem was the last of the great old-time disc jockeys.”

Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 742-2238 ext. 282 office, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.