Radio personality Casey Kasem died on Father's Day surrounded by his family and friends. His daughter Kerri Kasem shared the details via her Facebook page on Sunday morning. After a very bitter family battle between Casey's oldest children and his second wife, Jean Kasem, the Hollywood icon has now passed away.
Kasem, 82, was suffering from Lewy body dementia and had been in very poor health for some time. Things seemingly took a turn after Casey's wife Jean removed him from a medical facility and took him across the country. Casey's daughter Kerri fought in court to get the ability to take over his medical care, and she eventually won.
Sadly once Kerri was able to see her father again, and get doctors in to see him, his condition had become grave. Kasem was hospitalized and said to have severe bedsores and sepsis in addition to other issues. After many court hearings, TMZ shared that the judge agreed that Kerri Kasem and the doctors could change course regarding food, fluids and medication. Kerri shared a health directive from Casey indicating that these decisions were in accordance with his wishes.
Though many criticized Kerri Kasem, those who have been through these final stages with a dying parent lent their support and understood how the process often goes. After years of poor health, family battles and stress, Casey Kasem died on Father's Day. Some who have followed the family's struggles might say that seems fitting. Sunday Kerri wrote on her Facebook,
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.
With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.”
Fans are saddened to hear of the icon's passing, as he is a part of many fond memories for people across the nation. Sadly the battles between Kerri Kasem and her sisters with Casey's wife Jean Kasem are probably not over, but fans hope Casey can be laid to rest in peace. Casey Kasem's death after all that has happened with his health of late doesn't come as a surprise, but is still heartbreaking for those who cherished him nonetheless.