“American Top 40” radio icon Casey Kasem, missing amidst a family feud, has been found safe in Washington state, according to the New York Post on May 15. His medical current medical condition is not yet known, only that he is safe.
Casey Kasem has been at the forefront of a battle between his three older children and his wife of 33 years, Jean Kasem. Up until the court hearing, Jean has had control of Casey’s medical care. The older kids have been fighting her for some time now for the right to be involved in their dad’s care. They claimed that Jean wouldn’t even allow them to see their dad. A recently-proposed, somewhat stringent visitation schedule was refused by the children.
Kerri Kasem won a temporary conservatorship over her dad in court recently. When it was known that Casey couldn’t be found, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered adult protective services to find him.
Sadly, the 82-year-old Casey Kasem suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease and his children are worried about his medical care. Kerri and her siblings were thrilled that their father has been found safe and stated that locating their father was the first step in bringing him back to the Los Angeles area.
Casey was found by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, shortly after the three older children filed a missing person’s report. It was thought that Casey might be on an Indian reservation or maybe even outside the U.S.
“We are grateful to the local authorities for finding my dad,” Kerri Kasem wrote in a statement. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”
Casey Kasem is known for being the voice of radio countdown shows. He was a co-founder of the “American Top 40” countdown in 1970, as well as “Casey’s Top 40,” “Casey’s Hot 20,” and “Casey’s Countdown.” He also hosted “American Top 20” and “American Top 10,” adult spinoffs of those countdown programs. Casey did voice-over work, too. He was the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby Doo cartoons series.