For years, members of Casey Kasem’s family battled – often publicly – over the alleged abuse and neglect of the elderly radio host. Shortly after his death in 2014 at the age of 82, the first wrongful death lawsuit was filed, followed by a countersuit making similar elder abuse claims. This week, the feuding family members have agreed to settle the matter.
The joint request to dismiss the lawsuits was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The first lawsuit was filed by three of Kasem’s children from his first marriage (Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem) and Casey Kasem’s brother (Mouner Kasem), against Kasem’s second wife (Jean Kasem) alleging “Casey’s early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean’s neglect and physical abuse.” The lawsuit also claimed Jean Kasem caused the children emotional distress by restricting access to their father.
Jean Kasem and another daughter filed a countersuit against the plaintiffs, alleging they were only after their father’s money because in 2012 he cut financial ties with them. Jean Kasem’s lawsuit further alleges that the children’s actions brought emotional distress on their father.
Casey and Jean Kasem had been married for 34 years. In later years, she moved him from their home in Los Angeles to Gig Harbor, Washington, where he ultimately died. The move angered Kasem’s older children, who fought to have access to their father as well as control of his medical care.
Both sides of the family denied the allegations against them.
A spokesperson for Kerri Kasem released a statement saying she was “distraught and heartbroken over her family ad lawyers’ decision to force her into a settlement.”
Casey Kasem was a longtime host of the “American Top 40” radio show. He also hosted several television shows and specials, and was the voice of animated characters including Shaggy in the “Scooby-Doo” cartoons.
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