4 years after Casey Kasem died, his wife and children are blaming each other for his death
After 4 years, Casey Kasem's family is still in conflict over his mysterious death.
An upcoming CBS special "The Mysterious Death of Casey Kasem" seeks to dispel the confusion surrounding radio icon Casey Kasem's demise at the age of 82.
The last four years have seen a flurry of accusations, with Kasem's ex-wife and her children accusing his second wife Jean of wrongdoing, and vice versa. The feud has culminated in a wrongful death suit against Jean, who has filed a counter wrongful death suit, reported CBS News, on November 24, 2018.
“I did everything I could to save his life, I cannot wait for the wrongful death trial to begin because [of] the overwhelming amount of evidence that we can present.”
Kerri Kasem, CBS News,November 24, 2018.
FIGHTING OVER THE KASEM INHERITANCE
The lawsuits will be decided by a Judge in the Spring of 2019, but what is ultimately at stake is the radio host's $80 million fortune.
Jean is accused of mistreating Kasem in his last days and preventing his children by his first wife from seeing their dying father.
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. We’ll miss you, Casey. pic.twitter.com/cxYhONfrqz— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 15, 2014
BOTH SIDES ACCUSE EACH OTHER OF KASEM'S DEATH
Kasem's children Mike, Julie, and Kerri Kasem accuse Jean, who was nearly 24 years younger than her husband, of elder abuse and limiting their access to their ailing father. Jean alleges that the three are responsible for Kasem's wrongful death, negligence, and fraud. The 3 children received a $2 million life insurance policy in 2015.
Kasem's children Mike, Julie, and Kerri Kasem accuse Jean, who was nearly 24 years younger than her husband, of elder abuse.
POLICE HAVE OPENED INVESTIGATION INTO KASEM'S DEATH
In the aftermath of the accusations, Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey has revealed that Washington state has recently opened an investigation into Kasem's death, after receiving information from the family that alleged it was wrongful.
A BATTLE OVER CUSTODY OF A DYING MAN
The facts in question revolve around Kasem's last days. The radio host, who suffered from dementia, was taken from Los Angeles by Jean and relocated to Washington, without informing Kasem’s children, who reported him missing.
A week later, Kerri was granted temporary conservatorship of her father, and she moved him from his Washington home to the hospital, where he succumbed to septic shock, respiratory failure, and a lung infection.
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A TRAGIC DEATH FOR A BELOVED AND TALENTED MAN
Casey Kasem was best known as the American Top 40 disc jockey from 1988 to 2004. He was also a talented actor who provided the voice of Shaggy in the animated Saturday morning cartoon "Scooby-Doo".
Kasem married Linda Myers in 1969, and the couple had 3 children: Kerri, Mike, and Julie. They divorced in November 1980, and a month later Kasem married "Cheers" actress Jean Thomson with who he had a daughter, Liberty.
Kasem died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington at the age of 82. The immediate cause of death was reported as sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore. Kasem's children obtained a court order which prevented their father's cremation. Six months after his death, Kasem was finally interred at Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.