Casey Kasem is everywhere. You may not know it yet, but you have heard his voice. Whether it was on the radio or as the voice of the original Shaggy; his voice has had an enormous impact on the nation. That’s why fans are celebrating the star’s 82nd birthday in any way they can.
For those who follow all things Kasem, you will know that the star is not in the best of health as of late. His illness has no doubt made this latest birthday an unpleasant and fans wanting to wish him well can only do so from afar. They took to Twitter and Facebook to wish him well today, but those wanting to get a little closer can do so Sunday night at the hospital he’s staying at.
Fans have thrown together what they’re calling a birthday vigil at the convalescent home where Kasem is currently held up at. The group plans to meet at the Berkley East Convalescent Hospital at 6 p.m. Sunday night. The vigil will last for an hour as fans show their support for the legendary star.
Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, has even shown her support for the vigil and asked fans in the area to attend:
Those who are unable to attend the vigil have left many positive messages on social media in celebration of Kasem’s life and career:
— Birthday Freebies (@BirthdayFreebie) April 27, 2014
Zoinks!!! It's Casey Kasem's bday. Thanks for the tip Mike Fratello.
— Ian Griggs (@IanCredible007) April 28, 2014
— Dianne Ramirez (@DiRamirez1413) April 28, 2014
Here's a long distance dedication to Casey Kasem on his 82nd birthday. http://t.co/pcWN2YDYY0
— Bryan Houston (@bryanhouston) April 28, 2014
Despite all the love pouring out from the fans, Kasem’s family is still in tatters. Last year, Kasem’s current wife was preventing his children and ex-wife from seeing him despite his condition getting worse. Accusations of mistreatment were thrown out by a judge and a settlement was reached that allowed his children to visit in some capacity. While his family is no doubt with him tonight, they would undoubtedly be touched if a lot of fans were to show up at the birthday vigil.
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