Casey Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem sued for wrongful death

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Casey Kasem’s Children File Wrongful Death Suit Against Widow.

Nearly 18 months after the death of radio legend Casey Kasem, the America’s Top 40 host’s children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem.

Three of iconic radio personality Casey Kasem’s children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014, reports the LA Times. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Jean Kasem moved her husband between medical facilities, hospitals, a Las Vegas hotel room and a bungalow in Washington state, all in an effort to isolate him from his children and medical professionals. Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem, Casey’s children from a previous marriage, claim Jean is guilty of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on them by restricting access to their father before his death.

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. The civil suit came after prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against Jean Kasem earlier in the year. “We would rather see her in jail than receive one dime. 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.

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.

It’s horrific.” The lawsuit itself seeks at least $250,000 in damages, although a jury would determine the final amount if Jean Kasem was found guilty. 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. After December 18th, we’ll no longer get to watch Joel McHale savage the idiocy of reality-show celebrities, a vital public service he’s performed for the past 11 years. 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.

And if last week is any indication, the remaining episodes are going to be something to see; the host is already going down swinging with hilariously mean jokes about Charlie Sheen, Jared Fogle, and E! itself. 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. This week’s round-up dips into the raging arguments sparked by a couple of cable dramas that has been playing fast and loose with the whole “killing off beloved characters” concept. The show expanded to hundreds of stations, including Armed Forces Radio, and continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — into the 21st century. After a cliffhanger that saw The Leftovers’ main character Kevin Garvey drink poison and apparently die, the hero came back, slugging his way home through a purgatorial dreamscape full of familiar faces and religious symbolism.

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. It was one feverish hour of TV, packed with allusive imagery and weird ideas — up to and including the premise that in this sideways universe, our hero’s been hired to kill (!) his Guilty Remnant nemesis Patti (!!), who’s now a presidential candidate (!!!). 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.

Showrunner Scott Gimple has an interesting defense of the drawn-out uncertainty over the character’s fate, saying that he and his writers were trying to create in the audience the same confusion the heroes were going through. It’s just that this “un-twist” came after a string of episodes set more or less the same day, seen from different perspectives and locations — which made it feel a lot like the creative team was just toying with us, making us mourn for a month for no reason. At its worst, the crown jewel of the Shondaland empire can feel like a sputtering plot-twist-generator, jerking characters and viewers around almost at random. After spending the first half of the episode trading cookie recipes and planning dinners for her boyfriend, a.k.a. the President of the United States, Scandal’s suddenly tamed lioness discreetly got an abortion.

The point was clear: Even if the senate stunt was meant as political theater, it had personal meaning for the heroine — or for anyone who’d rather not be chained to traditional roles of wife/hostess/mother if she doesn’t want to be. Die-hard liberal Diane Lockhart took an assignment from one of her firm’s well-heeled right-wing clients, defending their right to post hidden-camera video of an abortion provider talking about selling fetal tissue.

But it had ample mojo in the scenes where lawyers tossed around fast-paced arguments about free speech and biased judges, delivered in the show’s typical style—with editing so jumpy that it frequently cut people off mid-shout. If Scandal is about how private lives impact public policy, then the CBS drama is about how personal convictions get chopped to incomprehensibility by the Cuisinart of our court system. Adele’s third album 25 is already on-pace to go double platinum in its first week; and one day after its release, Saturday Night Live spoofed the British pop star’s ubiquity in a sketch where a family’s Thanksgiving arguments turn into a communal sing-along whenever someone puts on “Hello.” The lady herself to the stage, to belt out “Hello” and “When We Were Young” to a rapturous crowd. It didn’t get as much attention — which was surprising given that it aired simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel — but Friday’s multi-cast of Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America featured maybe the most moving six minutes of television all week, when it opened with a performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots).” John Legend traded verses with the Boss while Tom Morello pitched in with a fiery guitar solo, all while the callback to the 1999 police-involved shooting of Amadou Diallo served as a reminder that this song was once so controversial that the E Street Band was booed whenever they played it. It’s rare for a network sitcom to find its voice and settle into steady excellence as quickly as this Fox show featuring ex-Brat Packer (and regrettable Tweeter) Rob Lowe did.

It really only has one joke: What would happen if the star of a hit legal drama quit showbiz, returned to his hometown, and started hanging around his younger brother’s dinky law firm? In last week’s ‘Buckingham Malice,” when Lowe’s Dean Stewart senses he’s getting special treatment because of his celebrity, he tries — unsuccessfully — to get back to the “core principles” of being anonymously awesome. Savage keeps up a running commentary about his brother’s general ridiculousness, standing in for every viewer who ever shouted, ‘Oh, c’mon!” during some corny procedural.

When he’s rolling at eyes at the way Dean litigates his way out of a traffic ticket (swaying the judge with the argument, “People make the world great”) or reminding his sibling that, “Just because you walk away after you say stuff doesn’t mean you’ve made a point.” Boom! What’s mainly compelling about this show is the way it depicts an early 1960s America that looks unnervingly normal — aside from the whole “evil has triumphed” thing. A companion-piece to (and improvement on) the service’s acclaimed Daredevil, the newest addition to the MCU stars Krysten Ritter as a super-powered private eye who uses whiskey, sex, and sardonic remarks to mask some deep bruises. As Ritter’s ink-black hair blends into the shadows — while she delivers lines like, ‘It’s people like you who give people like you a bad name” — this series quickly establishes itself one of the best neo-noirs in ages.

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