Is radio legend Casey Kasem being hidden in Canada?
Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:42AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:15PM EDT
With Casey Kasem’s wife refusing to divulge where she has moved the ailing radio legend, his children are wondering if he may be in Canada.
Casey, the former host of "American Top 40" and “Casey’s Countdown,” has suffered for several years from Parkinson's disease, and was living in a private nursing home. The 82-year-old requires full-time care, as he can no longer speak or swallow and needs to be fed by a tube.
His children have accused his wife, Jean Kasem, of cutting off access to their father and have been fighting to be able to see him. They say their stepmother, who married Kasem in 1980, has repeatedly moved their father to different care facilities without informing them.
Two of Kasem’s children have been seeking a conservatorship to take over care of their father. The latest conflict is part of a longstanding feud between Kasem’s children and his wife over visitation rights and Kasem’s multimillion-dollar estate.
On Monday, Jean’s attorney, Craig Marcus, announced that while he did not know where Kasem was, he knew he was "no longer in the United States." That prompted the judge in the conservatorship case to order an immediate investigation into the radio star’s whereabouts. It also prompted him to appoint Kasem’s daughter Kerri as her father's temporary caretaker.
In a post to her Facebook page, Kerri Kasem said “justice was finally served” with the court’s decision Monday. She also said she suspects her father has either been taken out of the country or been moved to an Indian reservation in Washington state.
"I believe my father's wife fled the country (or possibly went to an Indian Reservation) with my Dad because she knew I would win in court today," she posted Monday.
"The judge ordered Adult Protective Services, the PVP [Probate Volunteer Panel] Attorney and the police to look for him. Please pray that he is safe."
In an interview with The Daily News, Kerri added that she suspects her dad might be in Canada.
“We're going to find him, take care of him and love him... He's going to be with family, not stuck in some unfamiliar place where he's dying alone,” she vowed to the paper.
Jean Kasem’s attorney told the court Monday that his client has every right to move her husband as she sees fit. He also argued that the L.A. judge no longer had jurisdiction over the case, since Kasem had been moved out of the district. The judge rejected that argument.
Kasem built his fortune doing decades of radio and TV voice work. He was the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” which originally aired in the 1960s and 70s.
With reports from The Associated Press