Casey Kasem’s Children Sue His Widow for Wrongful Death

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APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem’s children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014. 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.

Now three of his four children, along with his brother Mouner, are claiming that his second wife Jean Kasem was to blame for his ‘early death’ and have filed a lawsuit seeking damages of more than $250,000. 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.

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. 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.

During temporary conservator Kerri’s visit to see her father on June 1 in Washington state, just a fortnight before his death, Jean threw meat at her as he was preparing for a trip to the hospital. 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. 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. 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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