82 Year Old Casey Kasem of ‘American Top 40′ Fame is Missing … Judge Appoints Casey Kasem’s Daughter Kerri Kasem as Temporary Conservator of Her Father Suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (Update: Casey Kasem Found in Washington State)
BIZARRE AND SAD …
82 year old Casey Kasem, the longtime radio host of ‘American Top 40′ has been reported missing by his daughters. Sadly, the famed radio host who every week provided a count down of the ‘Top 40″ music hits and told us to ‘Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars’ now suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease and can no longer speak. Many will also remember Kasem as the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo. He has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. However, the former radio host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge and has not been seen since. A judge has ordered an investigation as to the whereabouts of Casey Kasem. Jean Kasem’s attorney Craig Marcus said he did not know where the radio personality was but that he was “no longer in the United States.” Kasem’s daughter believes that her father’s wife fled the country, or possibly went to an Indian Reservation.
Sadly, there has been a long running battle between the children of Casey Kasem and his wife, Jean Kasem. Many of you may remember Jean from her role on the TV comedy hit ‘Cheers’ as the tall blonde who would enter the bar saying, “hi, gang at Cheers.”
A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40” host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge.
Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.
A judge Monday named famed radio countdown host Casey Kasem’s daughter as the temporary conservator of her ailing father, a spokeswoman said.
The conservatorship is in effect until June 20, when a hearing is scheduled on whether to make the conservatorship permanent, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly.
“Justice was finally served! I just won temporary conservatorship over my father’s healthcare. We have been vindicated by the court. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and support through this entire ordeal,” Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, posted on her Facebook page soon after the order.
American Top 40 January 31, 1981 … I remember hearing this like it was yesterday.
NBC News: Radio Icon Casey Kasem Is Ill and Missing.
In an interiew Monday night, Kerri Kasem told NBC News that she saw her father last Tuesday at a medical facility that she did not name. She described the “two-to-three hour” visit as “incredible” because he “had a smile ear to ear and told us he loved us.”
“Some of the staff said they’ve never seen him so animated and happy,” Kerri Kasem said in the interview, which will be broadcast Tuesday on TODAY. “When we went to leave, we said ‘Dad, we’re going to be back really soon.’ And he said ‘When?’ That’s the last time I saw him. That night he was taken from the facility.”
Missing radio icon Casey Kasem has been found.
Kasem’s family confirmed early Thursday that the longtime “American Top 40″ host had been located in Washington state, three days after a California judge ordered an investigation into the 82-year-old’s whereabouts.
Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services, according to CNN affiliate KOMO.
Authorities found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home. The couple told deputies they were on vacation, sheriff’s department spokesman Scott Wilson told the affiliate.
After determining Casey was not in distress and was receiving appropriate care, the deputies left.
“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad,” Kasem’s daughter Kerri said. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”