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Casey Kasem’s Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Radio Host’s Kids

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Jean Kasem alleges radio personality’s children from another marriage perpetrated a “homicidal guardianship scam”

Casey Kasem’s widow has filed a wrongful death suit against the late radio host’s children from another marriage. Photofest

The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the radio personality’s three adult children from another marriage. Jean Kasem claims that Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem, along with Julie’s husband and their attorney Troy Martin, perpetrated a “homicidal guardianship scam” and, per a statement, “chemically restrained their father and then killed him to go after Casey and Jean’s financial assets.” Jean is also accusing the Kasem children of harassment and making fraudulent claims of elder abuse as part of their attempts to gain guardianship over Kasem.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kerri Kasem denied the claims. “The only homicidal part was her unplugging my father’s IV and feeding tube and leaving the hospital with my dad,” Kerri says. “If a mom delivered a preemie and said, ‘You know what? I’m going to take this baby home. I don’t care what you say’ and the baby died three weeks later, that mom would’ve been brought up on murder charges.”

Kasem died June 15th, 2014 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. According to Jean Kasem’s new suit, Kerri picked up her father at his home on June 1st and took him to St. Anthony Hospital, even though there was a hospital one block away. Kasem was accompanied by his personal physician, Dr. Donald Sharman, but was examined at St. Anthony by Dr. Joseph Regimbal, who reportedly cleared Kasem to leave and praised the care being administered to him at home.

However, the suit claims that Kerri Kasem kept her father at St. Anthony for an “unauthorized ‘overnight observation.'” On June 2nd, an attending physician at St. Anthony, Dr. Ramon Basa, reportedly told Jean that Kasem could go home, while a judge also ruled that there was no compelling reason to keep Kasem in the hospital. But when Jean arrived to pick up Kasem, Dr. Basa had apparently changed his mind and Kasem was kept in the hospital.

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