Publicist says Casey Kasem, legendary radio broadcaster, has died

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 15, 2014 - 10:20 AM
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Casey Kasem in 2003.

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LOS ANGELES — Legendary radio broadcaster Casey Kasem has died, according to his family and publicist. He was 82.

"Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," read a Facebook posting from daughter Kerri.

"Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," the posting continued." Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."

Kasem became known nationally to millions over the years for his weekly Top 40 countdown of the latest rock hits. He also was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo."

Last week, a judge ruled  that Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing radio personality after his daughter moved to implement end-of-life measures.

Kasem, who had dementia, was in critical condition before his death in a Washington state hospital.

Kerri Kasem, who has been placed in temporary control of his treatment, consulted with doctors and decided in recent days to stop giving her father food, water and medications, attorneys said in court.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ruled that Casey Kasem should receive the treatments while an attorney appointed by the judge meets with Kasem and his doctors.

Kasem was admitted to the hospital with an infected bedsore.

Casey Kasem's wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, appeared in court and said she supported Murphy's ruling and will ask to be restored as her husband's caretaker.

Jean and Kerri Kasem have been fighting in courts in Washington state and Los Angeles over his care.

Jean Kasem has accused Kerri Kasem of trying to hasten her father's death so she could receive her share of his estate, a claim that was denied.

Danny Deraney, a publicist for Kerri Kasem, said she and her siblings have repeatedly said they were only concerned with their father's well-being, not altering his estate plans.

Kasem set aside $2 million to be split by his three adult children from a previous marriage, including Kerri Kasem, according to Jean Kasem's attorney Steve Haney. A daughter of Jean and Casey Kasem also was added to the trust, Deraney said.

 

 

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