Casey Kasem’s Children Sue His Widow for Wrongful Death

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Casey Kasem’s children sue his widow, saying alleged abuse led to his death.

Three of Casey Kasem’s children and his brother filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the late radio host’s widow, accusing her of neglecting his medical care and hastening his 2014 death.The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on Kasem’s children from a previous marriage by restricting access to their father before his death. It continues: “A second guard, retained privately by Jean, monitored all visits and took notes on the conversations Kerri, Julie and Michael had with their father. Kasem was known worldwide as the longtime host of radio program ‘American Top 40′ and as the voice of cartoon character Shaggy from the Scooby-Doo franchise.

With such “grossly harmful mistreatment,” he developed at least four infections that led to his death on June 15, 2014, at age 82, according to the complaint. Prosecutors earlier this year declined to charge Jean Kasem with elder abuse, a decision that Kerri Kasem said Wednesday led to her family filing the civil case. Casey would ask them to stay, but they were not allowed to.” “On December 30, 2013, after languishing in the hospital due to Jean’s failure to pick him up, Casey began suffering sepsis and shock and was moved to the intensive care unit, where he stayed until January 3, 2014,” the papers state. A missing persons report was filed in Santa Monica by Kerri Kasem after she was granted control over her father’s medical care by a Los Angeles judge. The 28-page lawsuit gives a detailed account of Kasem’s final days, including the extent of his ailments and the family infighting swirling around him.

It claims that in the months before Casey Kasem’s death, his wife repeatedly left him in various hospitals for days despite the fact he was ready to be discharged. The lawsuit also details numerous confrontations about his care, and it states Jean Kasem transported his body to Norway where it was buried in an unmarked grave. An explanation of the decision stated Jean Kasem ensured her husband was medically supervised during his transport from Santa Monica to Washington, which included a brief stay in Las Vegas. “Because of Mr.

In 2013, Kasem’s children filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care, alleging that Kasem was suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and that his wife was isolating him from friends and family members. Los Angeles police looked into the allegations, but prosecutors declined to bring charges saying they could not prove at trial that her actions led to the radio host’s death. The broadcasting legend left matching $2million policies when he died in June of 2014, one for his wife and the other for a trust in his children’s names, according to a report from TMZ. The children, who were born during Kasem’s first marriage to Linda Myers, and Kasem’s brother, Mouner Kasem, are seeking $250,000 in damages for elder abuse, the maximum allowed by law.

In his sign-off, Casey Kasem’s would tell viewers: “And don’t forget: Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.” Kerri Kasem and her attorneys, Troy Martin and Steve Shuman, said that in addition to trying to hold Jean Kasem accountable, they hope their lawsuit raises awareness about elder abuse. The show expanded to hundreds of stations, including Armed Forces Radio, and continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — into the 21st century. The son of Lebanese immigrants, Kasem was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans — both on political issues involving the Mideast and on arts and media issues. ‘Arab-Americans are coming out of the closet,’ Kasem told The Associated Press in 1990. ‘They are more outspoken now than ever before. People are beginning to realize who they really are, that they are not the people who yell and scream on their nightly newscast.’ Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit’s Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.

In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Michigan, home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.

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