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Daughter of hospitalized Casey Kasem, rather than his wife, will make medical decisions, judge rules

Posted Jun 9, 2014 11:10 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Kerri Kasem in October 2013. s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

A Washington state judge sided Friday with children from famed "Top 40" radio personality Casey Kasem's first marriage, ruling that Kasem's daughter, Kerri, would have authority to determine his medical care rather than Kasem's wife, Jean.

Kasem, 82, who is suffering from a form of dementia, was hospitalized last week in critical condition because of an infected bedsore, Reuters reports.

The Kitsap County case establishing Kerri Kasem as his conservator followed an earlier decision to the same effect by a Los Angeles judge, after Casey Kasem was moved by his wife to Washington.

In addition to his fame as the disc jockey on a weekly countdown of the top 40 songs in popular music, Kasem is also known as the voice of Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoon series.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Casey Kasem doesn’t need a conservator, judge rules; wife says she’s not a wicked stepmom"

ABAJournal.com: "Where is legendary ‘Top 40’ DJ? Judge appoints lawyer to find Casey Kasem, 82 and ailing"

ABAJournal.com: "Court OKs independent medical exam of ailing legendary DJ Casey Kasem"

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