Casey Kasem, the Top 40 radio legend, has been embroiled in a family feud over his medical care for some time now and his current location remains unknown. The long time estrangement between Kasem’s wife, Jean, and his three adult children has come to a head as his children have questioned his care and safety, and in recent days, his whereabouts as the radio icon’s location is yet to be determined. There has been speculation that Kasem was removed from the country by his wife.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered an investigation on Monday into the whereabouts of Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife insinuated the former Top 40 host had been removed from the country. A court investigator and adult protective services (APS) have been directed to locate Kasem and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak, and has been placed in various medical facilities selected by his wife.
With Casey Kasem’s care in question and location unknown, daughter Kerri Kasem had sought temporary guardianship over her father’s care and was appointed his temporary caretaker on Monday. As a result, his daughter will now have access to her father’s medical records and other reports that have been sealed by a court order. Despite a visitation agreement, Kasem’s children have argued they have been unable to see their father for months due to the actions of their stepmother. The family suspects the radio icon could have been taken to an Indian reservation in the state of Washington. However, there has been additional speculation the radio personality could be in Canada or somewhere beyond the scope of the American court system.
In a recent court filing, Kasem’s children contend the entertainer has been repeatedly moved without warning and they have been unable to see him. The complaint accused Jean Kasem of isolating the radio personality from his family and friends, as well as raised concerns over his care and safety. Kerri Kasem’s case is the second one opened by the former host’s children in an attempt to gain access to their father and have some oversight regarding his care. His daughter Julie Kasem’s case was dismissed when an agreement was reached with her stepmother. However, the women claimed in court on Monday that the agreement has been breached. Moreover, the Kasem sisters contend via sworn affidavits in court papers that they communicated with their father via phone on a daily basis before August 2012, as well as spent time with him on a weekly basis up until that time. However, the children have seen him only on a limited and supervised basis over the last 18 months.
The judge’s decision to launch an investigation into the whereabouts of Kasem followed the declaration by Jean Kasem’s attorney, who appeared on her behalf at Monday’s hearing, that he did not know the whereabouts of the radio personality, but he had been informed that the radio icon had been removed from the country. Additionally, the judge also appointed a doctor to look into Kasem’s care and ordered a court-appointed attorney to find out his whereabouts as soon as possible. Moreover, Jean Kasem was not present in court on Monday.
Casey Kasem, whose care is in question and location unknown, gained nationwide fame with his distinctive voice and syndicated radio music countdown shows, American Top 40 and Casey’s Top 40, and via his voice-over work as Shaggy in the cartoon classic, Scooby Doo. Kasem’s three adult children, Kerri, Julie, and Mike, were born during their father’s marriage to Linda Myers from 1972-79. Jean Kasem has been married to the 82-year-old former radio personality since 1980. His children expressed relief in the wake of the judge’s orders on Monday, as they will ensure the truth about Kasem’s care and location will soon be revealed.
By Leigh Haugh