Do you remember watching Scooby-Doo on TV? I do and I laughed a lot while watching it. If you watched the famous cartoon then you remember the character, Shaggy. Well Shaggy’s voice came from Casey Kasem, 82, who is well known as a host for radio music countdown shows “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40”. Kasem had retired in 2009. Kasem was also an announcer for NBC, a popular DJ and he did a bit of acting before he started the “American Top 40” in 1970.
According to reports Casey Kasem has been suffering from Lewy Body Disease, which is a form of dementia that is similar to Parkinson’s Disease. Kasem’s wife apparently has been trying to avoid any contact with Kasem’s daughters by moving him to different hospitals. The family has been in a legal battle giving them the rights to visit their father and they say that Jean Kasem, Casey’s wife, keeping them away from him is in violation of the visitation agreement.
The Kasem family released the following statement:
“Adult Protective Services, the courts and family are currently looking for Mr. Kasem. As soon as the paper work for the conservatorship is done, Kerri Kasem will file a missing persons report, which should be done by tomorrow morning. Thereby allowing the FBI and local law enforcement to get involved. As soon as the family has any additional information, we will alert the media as soon as possible.”
Judge Daniel Murphy named Kerri Kasem as the temporary conservator Monday until a June 20 hearing. She can’t take on the responsibility while not knowing where her father is though. Kerri fears that her father’s wife may have fled the country with her father or perhaps she has gone to an Indian Reservation that has a private landing strip because she knew Kerri was going to win in court.
Kerri and her sister Julie say they saw their father a week ago in a nursing home where he was staying. Julie said they spent a wonderful few hours there with him. She told CNN reporters, “He was able to smile. He was able to say, ‘I love you.’ When we said, ‘We’ll be back, Dad, we’ll be back,’ he looked at us and said, ‘When?'”
Troy Martin, the daughter’s attorney claims when he called the nursing home the day after the girls visited with their father, he was told that Casey had been moved overnight.
“We want as many people to be on the lookout for our dad as possible,” Kerri Kasem told CNN Tuesday. “If you see him, if you know his whereabouts, if you hear anything about him, please, call the police. … This is terrible for his health. A man in his condition should not continually be moved. He’s confused. He’s probably very afraid, and he’s not getting proper medical care.”
She went on to say, “There’s so much more meaningful communication we can have with him, and we want him back. He knows that we’re his children and he knows how much we love him. And he feeds off of that love, and we feed off his love, and we want him back.”
After being assigned conservator Kerri got access to her father’s doctor’s and medical records. She learned only then that her father had Lewy Disease and not Parkinson’s Disease as she had previously been told.
Now if you want to listen to Casey’s wife’s side of the story you will find a completely different view on the matter. Here is what she said in November according to court papers:
“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. 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.”
Kerri Kasem says they have told their stepmother time and time again that if it is about the money, she can have it all and the house. She said they will not contest the will. They won’t contest anything. They just want their Dad back but she won’t do it and they don’t understand what Jean Kasem wants.
UPDATE: Casey Kasem, the legendary radio host, has been found in Washington, just hours after his daughter filed a missing person’s report with Santa Monica Police.