You may know him as the host of American Top 40 or perhaps the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo. It has just become public knowledge that the beloved Casey Kasem, now 82, is suffering from Lewy body disease — a common cause of dementia. He has since gone missing!
Due to an ongoing family battle over Kasem’s health, it is believed that Kasem’s wife Jean may have, “fled the country (or possibly went to an Indian Reservation) because she knew I would win in court today,” according to daughter Kerri Kasem.
On Monday, Judge Daniel Murphy named Kasem’s daughter Kerri the temporary conservator until a June 20 hearing. The catch is she can’t carry on this role without knowing where he is.
Murphy has ordered that Casey Kasem’s whereabouts be disclosed, according to Kerri’s attorney Troy Martin.
Kasem’s other daughter Julie Kasem and her husband, Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, filed the previous conservatorship petition, claiming the retired radio host “has been isolated from his daughters, friends and other family” by his wife.
Jean Kasem didn’t deny claims but added her own perspective.
“These children single-handedly and irreparably shattered the lives of their father, his wife and youngest daughter, the calm of their home and their neighborhood by engaging in uncalled for public demonstrations and personal attacks in the media,” she said in court papers, according to CNN affiliate KCBS. “They are doing so with a professionally orchestrated media and legal campaign that has disgraced their father and vilified their stepmother.”
The children “falsely claim that their stepmother is wicked and is keeping her husband prisoner in his home behind closed doors and that they no longer have access to him through no fault of their own,” she added. “… For reasons they know all too well, their presence at this state would be toxic and extremely distressing for Casey, Jean and their daughter, Liberty, who have had enough of their cruelty.”
In December, Kerri Kasem told CNN that her stepmother was preventing Kasem’s children from visiting their ailing father.
“It’s been a very long time. We saw this coming. We weren’t blindsided by this,” she said at the time. “This is a man we saw every single week, talked to him every single day on the phone until he lost his voice. We are an extremely close knit family, extremely, and his family means more to him than anything,”
“We tried everything to get her to let us see him when she stopped bringing him over to the house. She had an assistant bring him over to the house so we could see him every weekend. She stopped. My sister went there, knocked on the door and she was escorted off the property.”
“There is no communication between Jean and us and his daughters,” said brother Mouner Kasem. “We have no knowledge of how he is, what he’s doing, if he’s better, if he’s worse, and we’re scared that we’ll never see him again.”
Where On Earth is Casey Kasem?