The mysterious death of Casey Kasem

Produced via Chuck Stevenson and Resa Matthews

[This story previously aired on July 27, 2019 . It was updated on July 4, 2020.]

Casey Kasem used to be an American icon. He used to be well-known for radio’s “American Best 40” and because the voice of Scooby Doo’s good friend Shaggy. He died in 2014, surroundings off a long-simmering struggle between his 2d spouse Jean and the grownup kids from his first marriage. In October, police opened an investigation asking the query – what have been the cases surrounding Casey’s dying?


NEWS REPORT: His circle of relatives says Kasem’s spouse, Jean, illegally moved him from a facility the place the 82 12 months previous used to be receiving remedy…

KERRI KASEM [NEWS REPORT]: He’s very in poor health, he should not be moved…

There is by no means been a Hollywood drama reasonably just like the circle of relatives feud between the second one spouse of Casey Kasem and his kids, involving intrigue, cash and in the end, his dying 

It used to be Would possibly 7, 2014, and you have to say the thriller began at an assisted residing facility in Santa Monica, Calif.  And consider this — it used to be 2:30 a.m.  

Jean Kasem: That transfer that night time used to be to get him out of the drama and to stay him protected and safe. …We had had sufficient.

Jean Kasem, Casey’s spouse of 34 years, says she used to be satisfied her husband’s lifestyles used to be in peril. She advised her tale of Casey’s Kasem’s drama for the primary time to “48 Hours.”  

Peter Van Sant | “48 Hours”:: What have been you pondering Jeannie?

Jean Kasem: I used to be pondering that it used to be time to offer protection to my husband.

NEWS REPORT:  The mythical radio host that suffers from dementia used to be looked at of an assisted residing facility via his spouse.

It is a drama that in reality began all of the long ago in 1979 when Casey, then a divorced father of 3, met Jean Thompson, who used to be a secretary at his agent’s place of work. Casey fell for her they usually have been married precisely 365 days later at one in every of L.A.’s most magnificent motels.

Casey and Jean Kasem have been married via the Rev. Jesse Jackson

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Peter Van Sant: So the place are we at the moment?

Jean Kasem: Neatly, at the moment we are the place all of it started, the place Casey and I were given married. There have been about 500 other people right here. It used to be an excellent day.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson married the couple.

Jean Kasem:  It used to be a dream come true.

Jean Thompson used to be 22 years more youthful than Casey. She grew up paying attention to him

Jean Kasem: I used to be rising up on Guam on the time … and we most effective had Armed Forces Radio over there. And … I heard this D.J. come on and he introduced this file … then I went, “Oh guy. Who is that this man?”  And he went, “I am Casey Kasem [laughs].”

She is a former actress, easiest identified for her position on “Cheers.”

The satisfied couple sooner or later moved right into a mansion in one of the crucial chicest L.A. neighborhoods, Bel Air, only a hop clear of the well-known Playboy Mansion.

Again then, Casey used to be on most sensible of the arena.

Peter Van Sant: And that voice. That voice.

Jean Kasem: He by no means did suppose it used to be so just right.

Peter Van Sant: Truly?

Jean Kasem: He stated, “I am simply the fellow subsequent door.”

Rarely. Casey Kasem had introduced this system, “American Best 40,” heard on greater than 1,000 radio stations around the globe.

He made masses of voiceovers, and used to be that signature voice of Scooby Doo’s good friend, Shaggy.

Casey used to be a lot more than a voice to his 3 children from his first marriage, Kerri, Mike and Julie. He used to be their loving father.

Casey used to be a lot more than a voice to his 3 children from his first marriage.To Kerri, Mike and Julie, he used to be their loving father.

Kerri Kasem

Julie Kasem: My father imparted such a lot knowledge on all folks once we have been kids. “Training, training, training.”

Julie Kasem become a health care provider’s assistant.

Julie Kasem: My dad imparted to us to be humble, to regard other people with kindness, to like the ones round you. 

His oldest daughter, Kerri Kasem, helped out on his radio display.  Kerri went into modeling, appearing and broadcasting.

“That is the place he did ‘American most sensible 40’ and ‘American Best 20,'” Kerri Kasem says of the studio the place her father labored. “He would take a seat right here …and he’d at all times have his water and his apple and rock sweet for his voice.”

CBS Information

His son Mike has a radio display in Singapore.

Casey’s kids declare the entirety modified as soon as their father and Jean become engaged.

Casey and Jean with Kerri, Mike and Julie.

Kerri Kasem

Peter Van Sant: Was once there an estrangement?  

Jean Kasem: There used to be. …Mainly they have been disappointed with their father and offended with their father as a result of he married me. They usually have been offended with me as a result of I married their father.

Casey and Jean would have their very own daughter, Liberty.

And as his good fortune grew, they lived a complete lifestyles. The couple threw themselves into philanthropy — the entirety from environmental problems to animal rights to modern politics.

CASEY KASEM| CBS NEWS’ “THE EARLY SHOW” | July 28, 1989: You know it in reality is vital to provide one thing again. And to assist restore the arena. As a result of, that is were given to be my legacy.

Jean Kasem: We believed in numerous charity.

In 2007, on the age of 75, Casey Kasem used to be identified with a Parkinson’s-like illness referred to as, Lewy frame dementia.

Jean Kasem: It slows them down. They may be able to both get inflexible or … shaking. …It’ll once in a while impact their speech.

Casey Kasem’s greatest enthusiasts have been his circle of relatives

In 2009, Casey gave up his loved radio display and signed off for the remaining time.

CASEY KASEM | “AMERICAN TOP 40”: And now, yet one more time, stay your toes at the flooring and stay attaining for the celebrities.

Casey would haven’t any monetary worries with an property valued between $80 and $100 million.  However round that point, Jean claims, his kids become keen on something.

Jean Kasem: It used to be all in regards to the cash. …We become the financial institution of Kasem … the non-public ATM gadget.

Round 2012, in step with Jean, Casey used to be bored stiff and minimize them off financially. Jean says the children have been livid. However as an alternative of having mad, Jean claims Kerri and the others did one thing virtually unattainable.

Jean Kasem: I consider that Kerri Kasem did kill my husband. That it used to be a long-term premeditated plan … and he is long past.

Kerri Kasem:  It is simply lie after lie after lie. With none proof.


NEWS REPORT: The youngsters of mythical D.J. Casey Kasem are challenging to understand, “The place is Kasem?”

Jean Kasem: The ones grownup kids … had put objectives on our backs.

Peter Van Sant: Do you consider that your husband Casey Kasem feared his kids?

Jean Kasem: Sure.

Peter Van Sant: And feared that they might do what?

Jean Kasem: What they did.

Peter Van Sant: Which used to be?

Jean Kasem: Kill him.

Kerri Kasem:  That is ridiculous. That is simply — that is ridiculous. …There’s no extra evil on this global than Jean Thompson Kasem.

Casey Kasem, 3rd from left, surrounded via his kids from his first marriage, Mike, Julie, and Kerri

Kerri Kasem

Jean says the alleged plot began on a lonely stretch of Hollywood Side road again in 2007. She says that Casey’s kids lured their disoriented father from his Bel Air mansion to a UPS Retailer to signal a vital report.

Jean Kasem:  He used to be taken to a UPS retailer and he used to be requested to signal his lifestyles away … whilst he used to be on medicines.  …He had sutures in his head. He didn’t have his glasses on … and he used to be out of it.

Video shot via Kerri Kasem displays Casey filling out a report that will give his kids — and no longer Jean — the authority to be in command of his long term well being care. It is video that Jean claims displays that Casey is clearly impaired.

Video shot via Kerri Kasem displays Casey filling out a report that will give his kids — and no longer Jean — the authority to be in command of his long term well being care.

The report Casey signed laid the groundwork, Jean claims, that will result in clinical choices that will kill Casey. 

Beginning in 2013, as Casey’s well being declined, there have been felony squabbles. Jean used to be looking to keep an eye on when and the place other people may just see Casey — together with his personal kids.

Julie Kasem: I used to be in tears. I used to be speechless. I referred to as my sister bawling and I stated, “I simply need to see dad and he or she would possibly not let me.”

Jean additionally says she and her daughter Liberty become objectives of a harassment marketing campaign.

Peter Van Sant: Had been you residing in worry?

Jean Kasem: Just about.

Peter Van Sant: Had been you ever in my opinion threatened via any individual?                                             

Jean Kasem: There used to be a telephone name that got here in. I consider it used to be … early within the morning and there used to be a noisy bang at the telephone … and I held my ear … I stated, “Oh my god. It sounds — what’s that?” After which I heard it once more and I known it as a gunshot.

Peter Van Sant: And did you document this to the police?

Jean Kasem: Reported it to our attorney. Reported numerous the incidences to the police.

Jean alleges any individual smashed her entrance gate, her mail used to be stolen and extra.

Liberty Kasem [cell phone video in car]: I consider there may be some other surveillance van. There he’s proper there, there he’s. Cross!]

It used to be round this time that Jean claims Casey’s kids requested police and grownup protecting products and services to check out Casey.

Jean Kasem: They have been referred to as via Kerri, Julie, whomever.

Los Angeles police discovered no proof of abuse or overlook.

Jean claims that the harassment persisted. She issues to an illustration proper out of doors her house. Kerri and a few supporters have been challenging to look Casey.

KERRI KASEM AT DEMONSTRATION: After 3 months of no verbal exchange, we in spite of everything stated sufficient is sufficient.

In spite of everything, at a rehab facility in Santa Monica, the mysterious remaining days of Casey Kasem’s lifestyles took a dramatic flip. Casey used to be very unwell. He’d been out and in of hospitals for months and there were never-ending felony fights, most commonly over visitation.

Jean Kasem I used to be pondering … that it used to be time to offer protection to my husband … and go away the drama for all folks … in the back of.

Jean says she used to be conserving Casey on the rehab heart underneath a faux title, however by hook or by crook his grownup kids discovered.

Jean and Casey Kasem


Then, a couple of days later, on Would possibly 6, Jean says Kerri and Julie received get entry to into the power or even were given into Casey’s room. She says she used to be terrified and livid.

Jean Kasem: It used to be in regards to the cash. Casey not used to be of any use to them. It used to be all in regards to the cash.

It seems that the grownup kids’s’ energy of legal professional for clinical choices had by no means taken impact. Kerri and Julie made up our minds they had to move to court docket to check out to get custody in their dad.

Julie Kasem:  We had no longer observed him since February. Now, that is Would possibly.

However Jean used to be having none of it. The day she discovered they have been headed to court docket, she made a dramatic transfer.

At 2:30 a.m., docs say Jean ordered Casey’s surgically implanted diet tube and IV disconnected and checked him out of the rehab facility. The physician in command of Casey’s care later wrote the next letter to police:

“She used to be knowledgeable of the dangers of doing so and used to be advised she used to be hanging Mr. Kasem in nice physically hurt or conceivable loss of life …”

Peter Van Sant: He is announcing that you have to have killed him.

Jean Kasem: That’s not true.

Casey used to be loaded right into a black SUV and disappeared into the darkness.

NEWS ANCHOR: Despite the fact that he’s in poor health, Kasem’s daughter does not know the place he’s…

Kerri Kasem: Dad as soon as advised me, “do not ever move up in opposition to Jean … you do not know what she’s able to….


It used to be Would possibly 2014 when Casey Kasem vanished. 

That iconic voice on this planet used to be nowhere to be heard and his case used to be making giant information

Julie Kasem: No one knew the place my dad used to be. No one.

His kids went on nationwide tv, pleading at once to Jean Kasem.

JULIE KASEM [CNN]: We wish him again. He is aware of that we are his kids.

KERRI KASEM [Entertainment Tonight]: Now we have advised Jean to take all of it, take the entirety, stay it … simply give us our dad again.

They weren’t most effective outraged that Jean had taken their father, however about how she had finished it.

Kerri Kasem: Jean Kasem pulled my dad out at 2:30 within the morning out of a convalescent heart, unhooked his G-tube, unhooked his IV. …He used to be intended to be transported with an ambulance on a definite more or less bed. No, she threw him into the again of an SUV that she did not even get into herself. …And not using a ache meds. No meals. No water. No nothin’.

Julie Kasem: And we have been devastated. We knew this used to be the start of the tip.

However there can be no finish to the circle of relatives feud that had begun years previous in that UPS Retailer.

Kerri and Julie insist they did not trick their dad into signing that report — the only they was hoping gave them keep an eye on over his hospital therapy.

Peter Van Sant: Jean claims that Casey has no reminiscence of signing that report.

Kerri Kasem: Watch the tape … you’ll be able to see my dad knew what he used to be doing, knew what he used to be signing.

Peter Van Sant: Now, property making plans is most often finished in a attorney’s place of work. …You are at a UPS retailer.

Kerri Kasem:  He used to be terrified that Jean would in finding out.

Peter Van Sant preserving a photograph from video shot via Kerri Kasem of her sister Julie with their father, Casey, at a UPS Retailer.

CBS Information

Peter Van Sant [holding photo of Julie and Casey at the UPS Store]: Let me provide you with Jean’s interpretation of what she advised me… And that is you.

Julie Kasem: Yup.

Peter Van Sant: And that is your father.

Julie Kasem: Sure.

Peter Van Sant: Now there is a circle right here as a result of he supposedly had had a clinical process and had sutures in his head, is that true?

Julie Kasem: To my wisdom, this is falsified knowledge. …In my view Jean Kasem is a liar. One-hundred % pathological liar.

“48 Hours” has showed that Casey had a process, but it surely used to be a minor one. Ten days sooner than the signing, he had a small hair transplant.

Similar to that tale, as regards to the entirety each side advised “48 Hours” is in dispute.

Be mindful, ever since Casey married Jean, the connection between the youngsters from Casey’s first marriage and their stepmother has been poisonous.  For instance, take the arguments over cash.

Kerri Kasem: The one factor she ever sought after from my dad is cash. That is it. …They reside off my father.

Peter Van Sant …and you already know — she says the similar factor to me about you.

Kerri Kasem:  However I paintings!

Kerri Kasem: I am very happy with who I’m, I am very happy with how laborious I have labored. I have been at the air 21 years. …You recognize, running a couple of jobs once in a while to pay the expenses. I personal my own residence. My dad did not purchase that for me.

The feud intensified after Casey’s well being deteriorated.

Kerri Kasem: She had a plan to transport him out of the home and minimize us all off.

Julie Kasem: Beginning in 2012 is after I felt that the isolation started.

Kerri Kasem: I am advised via my sister, “Hi there, I will’t come up with dad. I will’t come up with dad. …My father used to be remoted and we weren’t allowed to look him anymore.

Keep in mind that demonstration out of doors Casey’s space? That day, Jean even referred to as the police.

KERRI KASEM [pleading with police outside Casey’s mansion]My dad’s very in poor health and he loves us.

POLICE OFFICER: Have you learnt why she isn’t permitting you guys to look him?

KERRI KASEM [in tears]:  There is many causes. However none of them are true.

The entire drama climaxed in mid-Would possibly 2014. That is when Jean disappeared into the night time with Casey. Determined to search out her dad, Kerri made an emotional attraction on TV.

KERRI KASEM [NEWS REPORT]: Should you’ve observed the rest, please name the police, please.

Days after that, the battlefield within the conflict of the Kasems shifted to Las Vegas.

That is the place a non-public eye running for Kerri found out the couple. Jean had taken Casey to a complicated lodge there, however no longer for lengthy. Subsequent, she put him on a constitution flight.

That non-public jet sporting a frail Casey Kasem flew northwest from Las Vegas, touchdown in Seattle. He used to be dropped at a spot 1,100 miles from his health facility mattress in Santa Monica.

Peter Van Sant: And also you sought after to escape from the insanity in Los Angeles?

Jean Kasem: We have been being photographed and adopted to supermarkets and tortured, simply tortured.

Casey ended up in a spot referred to as Silverdale, a small the city in western Washington. For the primary time since the ones ultimate days, “48 Hours” introduced Jean again.

Shasta Bartleheim grew up with Jean, they usually each was hoping Casey would spend some quiet, non violent days in her dad or mum’s house.

Peter Van Sant: Are you able to display me the bed room the place he used to be? 

Shasta Bartleheim: Sure. 

Peter Van Sant: Is that OK?

Shasta Bartleheim: Sure, completely.

Shasta Bartleheim:  That is the place Casey used to be … his health facility mattress used to be right here … very at ease. My mom has numerous Snoopy, she is an avid Snoopy collector.

Peter Van Sant: So Casey used to be in his health facility mattress with these kinds of Snoopys round him?

Shasta Bartleheim: Right here [she points, laughing].

Shasta Bartleheim:  And we had all of his clinical provides, some have been right here, some have been in some other room.

Peter Van Sant: Was once he in ache?

Shasta Bartleheim: No. No. He used to be no longer in any ache on this space. Ever.

Casey Kasem’s ultimate days in Washington State

Performing on a tip, Washington Grownup Protecting Provider and Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies got here via to test on Casey.

SHERIFF TO REPORTERS: Mr. Kasem and his spouse are right here visiting. …We did test on his welfare. He appears to be doing wonderful. He used to be upright. He may just keep up a correspondence.

However Casey’s keep right here used to be about to return to an finish.

Kerri received a brand new court docket order. She used to be coming from L.A. to get Casey and take him to a health facility and issues have been about to get very bizarre.


In past due Would possibly 2014, Casey Kasem used to be counting down his days in Silverdale, Washington, tended to via a health care provider, his circle of relatives and shut buddies 

Shasta Bartleheim:  He used to be content material.  He used to be more than happy.  He smiled, shook our arms. …It simply, it used to be great.

Shasta Bartleheim, a nurse’s assistant, has identified Casey since 1980.  She helped deal with him.

Peter Van Sant: Was once he nonetheless in a position to speak?  Resolution questions? 

Shasta Bartleheim: Sure. …He would talk. …It used to be a whisper more or less a valid when he talked. …He wasn’t grimacing, in any ache.

On June 1, 2014, Kerri Kasem arrived on the space armed with a court docket order to pick out up her father and take him to a health facility. Jean used to be ready.

Jean Kasem:  Kerri arrives, as standard, with media in tow … her legal professional.

Kerri Kasem: We pull up. After which fireplace vehicles display up, some other ambulance displays up, as a result of Jean has brought about a have compatibility.

Kerri Kasem: I noticed … geriatric Harley Davidson riders that have been forming a line not to let me in. …It is so loopy and so bizarre.

That line of bikers used to be led via Bartleheim’s brother.

Jean Kasem: Casey began yelling, “I do not wanna move. I do not wanna go away. …No, no, no.”

Shasta Bartleheim: He used to be fearful … his eyes have been giant.

Peter Van Sant: He did not need to go away?

Shasta Bartleheim: No, he did not need to go away.

Performing on that court docket order, EMT’s got rid of Casey.

Peter Van Sant: So display me the place they took him.

Shasta Bartleheim: Down this hallway … headed for the door.

Peter Van Sant: He headed out, and what used to be out right here out on the street?

Shasta Bartleheim:  The ambulance used to be there, there have been a few ambulance.

Terrified, Jean referred to as her attorney.

Jean Kasem: I dropped the telephone and I grew to become round to search for one thing, and there used to be meat within the kitchen, and I simply —

It used to be frozen hamburger.

Jean Kasem:  I … grabbed the beef and I got here out right here, and I began strolling this fashion with the beef in my hand.

JEAN KASEM [YELLING]: … within the order of King David… Cross forward and take thee… within the order of King David…”

Then she took goal:

JEAN KASEM [THROWING MEAT]: I throw this meat to you … To the canines! To the canines!

Kerri Kasem: Jean … throws a work of frozen meat at me … screaming nonsense.

Peter Van Sant: Why meat even though? Why clutch meat?

Jean Kasem: To me … They have been treating my husband, an American treasure, Casey Kasem … like a work of meat.

Kerri Kasem: Insane.  Loopy. …You noticed the true Jean Thompson Kasem.

Peter Van Sant: So, if I might ask you, are you loopy, Jeannie?

Jean Kasem:  No, I am not.

Kerri dodged the beef assault, then jumped within the ambulance along with her dad and sped away to a neighborhood health facility the place a health care provider used to be status via.

Kerri Kasem: The very first thing he stated to me proper after I were given him within the health facility. “Your dad won’t reside very lengthy, I am simply gonna assist you to know.”

When Casey arrived at St. Anthony’s Medical institution, his prognosis used to be grim. He had, in step with health facility information, a urinary tract an infection and a degree 3 ulcer of his again — that is an open wound, going virtually to the bone.

Inside days, docs would additionally diagnose septic surprise, breathing failure, a lung an infection and a bunch of different diseases.

Julie Kasem: The trade used to be so drastic.  It used to be … maddening. …he used to be … extraordinarily skinny. His face used to be sunken in.

Bartleheim says Casey, who used to be taken out of the home that day, used to be nowhere close to dying.

Shasta Bartleheim: Oh no. No. Heavens No. On no account!

The next day to come, Jean attempted to get Casey out of the health facility.

Jean Kasem: On June 2d … we had an emergency court docket listening to. …And the pass judgement on … ordered that he may just go back house, as soon as his private doctor spoke with the attending doctor on the health facility.

Simply sooner than 10 that night time, Jean arrived on the health facility, together with Bartleheim and her legal professional.  They declare that the doctor treating Casey had advised them to return and select him up.

Jean Kasem: And he stated … “His in a single day statement has concluded. And he is discharged.”

But if she arrived, the physician would not unencumber him — announcing Casey used to be in ache. 

Jean Kasem: He wasn’t in any ache. They sought after him to be in ache.

Jean refused to depart with out Casey.

Kerri Kasem: She began screaming. They needed to name the police to get her outta the power.

And 3 days later…

Kerri Kasem:  We had 3 docs are available in and say that is futile. “Your father’s death. His organs are shutting down. He can not digest meals.”

Kerri and her siblings now confronted a wrenching determination. They are saying they adopted a health care provider’s advice to prevent Casey’s hydration and diet.

Kerri Kasem: I could not listen it. I were given disappointed. I stated, “Is not there one thing we will be able to do? What if we strive this? What if we strive that?” …as a result of I used to be the fighter. I wasn’t gonna let him move [cries].

On June 6, the Kasem kids alerted Jean.

Jean Kasem: Julie referred to as my attorney … and stated to my attorney that, “We are dropping him. She must come to the health facility immediately.”

Jean and Liberty rushed to the health facility, however declare they have been most effective accredited to look Casey for a couple of mins. 

Jean Kasem: We got 5 mins to mention good-bye to a person that I used to be married to for 34-and-a-half years … He checked out me and he used to be scared to dying. I went to the mattress. I held his hand. He grabbed my arm.

Peter Van Sant: Did Casey say the rest to you?

Jean Kasem: He stated that he beloved me [cries] and I advised him that I beloved him.

Jean used to be determined to get Casey’s lifestyles toughen restored

Jean Kasem: My before everything factor used to be to save lots of my husband’s lifestyles — each and every 2d counted

She flew again to California, hoping to get the court docket to reserve it.  Over the following few days there can be a number of motions filed.

Julie Kasem: The docs stated, “Sadly, there may be not anything extra we will be able to do to stay your father alive.” That used to be the toughest factor to listen to. …That is our dad.

On June 15, 2014, Casey Kasem, the loved radio icon, gave up the ghost. He used to be 82.

Mythical radio host Casey Kasem dies at 82

Julie Kasem:  We have been all surrounding him at the mattress with our arms on him. Each and every unmarried one in every of us used to be touching him as he took his remaining breath.

Kerri Kasem: We have been all there. All folks. And who used to be lacking? His spouse and Liberty. …It used to be 100 % their selection to not be there

Casey Kasem’s shut buddies take into account the gifted radio icon

Peter Van Sant: This court docket order says you’ll be able to consult with him at any time. Nobody can forestall you. And what Kerri is announcing is that you simply selected to not see Casey anymore within the health facility.

Jean Kasem: That is not true. That’s not true in any respect.  …We have been afraid to visit the health facility.

In dying, the conflict of the Kasems grew much more fierce.

Jean Kasem:  He didn’t die of herbal reasons. …they deliberate it, they usually killed him.

Kerri Kasem:  Jean killed my father. Whether or not it used to be premeditated or whether or not it used to be simply by her careless movements … If any individual killed your father, would not you wish to have justice?


In June 2014, Casey Kasem’s dying used to be felt around the globe.  

ELTON JOHN CONCERT DEDICATION: And there used to be this man at the radio I used to hear at all times, and he gave up the ghost nowadays so…I need to commit this music to Casey Kasem … shuttle safely my angel.

And shuttle he would.  Casey’s frame used to be taken from Silverdale to Sea-Tac Airport, the place it used to be flown to Montreal.

Peter Van Sant: And why Montreal?

Jean Kasem: He used to be there — for a time as a result of his burial used to be being obstructed.

Casey’s frame remained in Canada — on ice — for weeks. As his widow, Jean had complete keep an eye on over his burial.

Jean Kasem: Casey and I had spoken about this, the place he want to be buried. And it used to be in Israel.

However Casey’s kids idea that used to be loopy.

Kerri Kasem: My dad’s as American as apple pie. …He lived in Los Angeles for 58 years.  He sought after to be buried in Los Angeles.

Casey’s frame took flight once more. This time to — of all puts – Norway, the place Jean orchestrated a burial have compatibility for a king. Simplest she and Liberty have been at Casey’s gravesite, however they did carry their very own digital camera staff. 

Peter Van Sant: Why Norway of all puts?

Jean Kasem:  There are concrete causes for that. …As a result of I am in litigation, I will’t percentage that with you.

Kerri Kasem: My dad’s by no means been to Norway. …She’s no longer Norwegian.

Peter Van Sant: What’s goin’ on right here?

Kerri Kasem: While you inform such a lot of lies, you get stuck up in them.

After Casey’s dying, the struggle between the Kasem’s went nuclear. All sides on this epic circle of relatives feud sued the opposite for wrongful dying.

Two aspects of Casey Kasem’s circle of relatives blamed every different for the radio legend’s dying

Julie Kasem: What she did to my dad used to be elder abuse. Directly and easy.

Kerri Kasem: That travel is what price my dad his lifestyles. He may just’ve had two or 3 extra years.  She took him from us. … You wish to have to name it homicide.  You wanna say she killed him. …He is useless as a result of her.

Casey’s kids accuse Jean of a development of overlook — the place she secretly moved Casey from one care heart to the following.

Kerri Kasem: And she or he used the hospitals and amenities as a child sitter so she did not must handle him.

Jean Kasem: I say that that is a flat-out lie. I used to be there. I used to be in contact with the docs.

Jean Kasem accuses the youngsters of hastening his dying via pulling the plug on Casey.

Jean Kasem: They chemically restrained him. They got rid of his hydration, his diet and all proactive hospital therapy.

Jean Kasem: It used to be the similar of leaving Casey Kasem within the barren region to die.

It is been a unending drama. Even if Kerri’s legal professionals in spite of everything deposed Jean, she fainted — blaming the episode on medicine.

And but even so accusing every different of killing Casey, there may be that struggle royale over his fortune. As observed in a 2017 “Inside of Version” video, the mansion has grow to be the newest battleground. 

Kerri Kasem: The home hasn’t been looked after, the taxes are not paid, they have got destroyed the entirety. They have killed the entirety. There is no electrical energy on, there is not any working water.

On the request of Casey’s kids, a court-appointed trustee tried to take away and retailer a few of Casey’s memorabilia.

In the meantime, the battle over Casey’s belongings, legal professionals say, may just take years.

Peter Van Sant: As of late you’re preventing for damages and get entry to on your father’s hundreds of thousands.

Kerri Kasem: I’m preventing for justice. That’s what I am preventing for.

KERRI KASEM SPEAKING IN CHICAGO:  My father’s spouse, Jean Thompson Kasem did not need us on the space… would not move telephone calls alongside.

In 2014, Kerri began a basis to assist move law to offer protection to the visitation rights of kids.  

Kerri Kasem:  I used to be doing the entirety I most likely may just to look my dad. And — the regulation did not assist me in — in California.

Up to now, 12 states have handed a “Visitation Invoice,” together with California.

Kerri Kasem:  It handed a 12 months after he died. However I stored preventing ’til I received

In spite of Kerri’s claims of elder abuse and negligence, the Los Angeles district legal professional declined to prosecute Jean Kasem, bringing up inadequate proof. 

Kerri Kasem: The police and the D.A. would possibly not do a rattling factor – for this reason we’re preventing.  Take the cash. I would like her in prison.

Mythical radio broadcaster Casey Kasem


In November 2018, Washington’s Gig Harbor Police Division concluded an investigation into Casey’s dying. They discovered his older kids have been licensed to make clinical choices on his behalf and there used to be no proof of murder.

Whilst the felony wheels grind forward, this American icon, along with his personal celebrity on Hollywood Side road, is buried in an unmarked grave in Oslo, Norway.

Kerri Kasem: I am gonna carry my father again to america of The usa, the place he belongs.

And simply as Casey Kasem’s mythical voice is sure to hold on, his circle of relatives is decided to stay preventing.

Jean Kasem: I am not going to hand over. I am the daughter of a Marine.

Kerri Kasem:  My father is correct right here with me at the moment in each and every unmarried day of my lifestyles. She will by no means take him clear of me once more.

In December 2019, the Kasem circle of relatives and Jean agreed to an undisclosed agreement.

Each the Kasem circle of relatives’s and Jean’s wrongful dying proceedings have been brushed aside.

Casey Kasem’s radio display can nonetheless be heard in syndication around the globe.

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