US deejay Kasem’s widow will not face criminal charges

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AP: Prosecutors Won’t File Criminal Charges Against Casey Kasem’s Widow.

FILE – In this May 30, 2014, file photo, Jean Kasem, center, the wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, appears in Kitsap County Superior Court, with her attorneys Joel Paget, left, and Steve Olsen in Port Orchard, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. There is insufficient evidence to charge Casey Kasem’s wife with elder abuse or neglect in connection with the death of the famous disc jockey, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Friday.Jean Kasem was married to the radio personality for more than 30 years but was stripped of control over his medical care in the final days of his life.

The document, obtained by the Daily News, recounted the bitter battle between widow Jean Kasem and her stepdaughter Kerri Kasem over the last two years and confirmed Kasem’s health took a turn for the worse when his wife removed him from a Santa Monica nursing home against medical advice on May 7, 2014. Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday, May 22, 2015, they will not file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted. Her website says ‘she leads the largest prosecutorial office in the nation, with nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members.’ “It’s a sad day in our country when our parents, family members and loved ones die at the hands of others, and our elected prosecutors elect to do nothing.”

Kasem’s overall weakened health.” Jean Kasem had been involved in a lengthy battle with her stepchildren over the former “America’s Top 40″ host’s medical care before his death in Gig Harbor, Washington, last June 15 at the age of 82. Shortly after authorities located Kasem with his wife in the Seattle area, Kerri visited, found that he looked “weaker” and had him taken to a hospital for an evaluation, prosecutors confirmed. The disc jockey’s second wife was accused by her husband’s children from his first marriage of hiding their bedridden father, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. She challenged doctors’ recommendations to withhold artificial nutrition and hydration from her husband, but a judge eventually authorized his daughter Kerri to remain as temporary conservator and to allow her to decide whether to withhold nutrition and hydration from her father, the document notes.

Tensions between his wife and children worsened when, according to his daughters Kerri and Julie, they were unable to visit him in the summer of 2013. Kasem is best remembered as the longtime host of the weekly American Top 40 countdown on radio stations — as he put it — “across the country and around the world on great radio stations.” Across Europe and Asia, American Top 40 was carried by the U.S. From December of 2013 to May of last year, Kasem was in the Berkeley East Convalescent Hospital until Jean Kasem removed him because of what she said were privacy concerns.

His “American Top 40″ began July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles, when the No. 1 song was Three Dog Night’s cover of Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not to Come.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Casey Kasem developed a severe bedsore shortly after arriving in Washington and was in critical condition by the time he was hospitalized in early June. But we were too late,” the statement said. “My father’s second wife Jean had done everything she could to keep our father from us while not providing the quality care that he — and every other senior in our society — deserves.” She also expressed hope that a case could be prosecuted against Jean in Washington state, where she says her “father was taken against his will and later died.” Best known for her roles in “Ghostbusters” and the sitcom “Cheers,” Jean took custody of Kasem’s remains shortly afterward and claimed on his death certificate that she and the radio star lived in Jerusalem. Kerri Kasem on May 12, however, was awarded temporary conservatorship of her father and two days later filed a missing person’s report with the Santa Monica police.

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