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Post  Adric on Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:04 am

I've been charting the Top 40's since 1980 and was ever so faithful to Casey. I still own hundreds of his countdowns on vinyl ranging the entire decade. Truly a huge part of my childhood and he will be sorely missed. Truly shaming how he is leaving us.

Casey Kasem's daughter can stop food, medication, judge rules

A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.

In the ruling Wednesday, attorney Troy Martin said, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the 82-year-old former radio personality.










His daughter Kerri Kasem initially implemented the end-of life measures on June 6.

On Monday, Murphy ordered the reinstatement of feeding and other care while a court-appointed attorney consulted with Casey Kasem and doctors.

Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem, said that ruling was reversed on Wednesday.

The New York Daily News, which first reported the ruling, said Kasem's wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, stormed out of court after Murphy's decision.

She and Kerri Kasem have been involved in a dispute over care.




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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 am

It's a sad story, always a difficult area to deal with. "Quality of life" is the usual decisive phrase. He's had a good innings, I remember a brief time when America's Top Ten was shown over here, and he always struck me as a fun presenter (though I can imagine he had his critics). And the voice of Shaggy, what more can you say?

That he's not dead, and I'm talking as if he were. Fair point  Surprised 
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Post  Adric on Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:38 pm

misery guts wrote:It's a sad story, always a difficult area to deal with. "Quality of life" is the usual decisive phrase. He's had a good innings, I remember a brief time when America's Top Ten was shown over here, and he always struck me as a fun presenter (though I can imagine he had his critics). And the voice of Shaggy, what more can you say?

That he's not dead, and I'm talking as if he were. Fair point  Surprised 


So glad Casey got some air-time in the UK. Never knew and quite surprised, pleasantly. Sadly, the news I've dreaded to post has come.  Evil or Very Mad  I don't even own a turntable, but as an x-dj, I own most of his Top 40's. If we could get a few members willing to post a few comments here and there, I'd gladly hold a contest and give a few away. My sister wants me to sell them on ebay. Sorry. I can't exploit this dear man's death to make a buck. Truly sad day.

Casey Kasem, king of the top 40 countdown, dead

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. surrounded by family and friends.

Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.

The show continued in varying forms - and for varying syndicators - until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: "And don't forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

In recent years, Kasem was trapped in a feud between his three adult children and his second wife, former actress Jean Kasem. In 2013, his children filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care, alleging that Kasem was suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease and that his wife was isolating him from friends and family members. Kasem also suffered from Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia.

A judge in May temporarily stripped his wife of her caretaker role after she moved him from a medical facility in Los Angeles to a friend's home in Washington state. Jean Kasem said she moved her husband to protect his privacy and to consult with doctors. Casey Kasem developed a severe bedsore while in Washington and was in critical condition by the time he was hospitalized in early June.

It was a sad, startling end for a man whose voice had entertained and informed music lovers worldwide.

Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles, when the No. 1 song was Three Dog Night's cover of Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come." The show expanded to hundreds of stations, including Armed Forces Radio, and continued in varying forms - and for varying syndicators - into the 21st century. He stepped down from "American Top 40" in 2004 and retired altogether in 2009, completing his musical journey with Shinedown's "Second Chance."

While many DJs convulsed their listeners with stunts and "morning zoo" snarkiness, Kasem would read "long distance dedications" of songs sent in by readers and introduce countdown records with sympathetic background anecdotes about the singers.

"The idea from the beginning was to do the type of thing on radio that Ed Sullivan did on television, good, honest stories with human interest," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1975.

Succeeding him at the main "American Top 40" show in 2004 was multiplatform star Ryan Seacrest, who has said he had been a fan of Kasem since boyhood and would imitate him in pretend countdown broadcasts at age 9.

Kasem's legacy reached well beyond music. His voice was heard in TV cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo" (he was Shaggy) and in numerous commercials.

"They are going to be playing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo for eons and eons," Kasem told The New York Times in 2004. "And they're going to forget Casey Kasem - unless they happen to step on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I'll be one of those guys people say `Who's that?' about. And someone else will say, `He's just some guy who used to be on the radio.'"

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Kasem was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans - both on political issues involving the Mideast and on arts and media issues.

"Arab-Americans are coming out of the closet," Kasem told The Associated Press in 1990. "They are more outspoken now than ever before. People are beginning to realize who they really are, that they are not the people who yell and scream on their nightly newscast."

Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit's Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.

In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Michigan, home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.

"It didn't sound like a deejay; it wasn't hip. So we decided I'd be `Casey at the Mike' - and I have been since," Kasem said.

In the 1975 Los Angeles Times interview, he said he had been doing "a regular screaming DJ show" in San Francisco in the early 1960s when his boss suggested he talk about the records instead.

He was unconvinced, since his screaming routine had brought him top ratings. But he said he had learned "after a particularly unpleasant situation in Buffalo never to argue with general managers."

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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:38 am

I think it* ran on Saturday lunchtimes for a while, but more often as part of middle-of-the-night programming during the 1990s. Sadly, at that age I suspect I didn't quite take it in as much as I might have done (I was trying to fit in the scope of history of the UK charts and 40 years of music biz), rather like looking at your updates in the Jukebox - the lag between our two markets mean you often have the vids of hot new records months before we do.

Anyway, that's a side issue, really, it's just a shame that a great career should have come to an end like this. I suspect that given the apparent enmity of both sides, there will be more heat to come from this fire.

But in the meantime, RIP Casey  Sad 

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Post  Adric on Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:05 pm

Casey Kasem Has Been Gone For A Month Now — So Why Isn't His Body Buried Yet?!

This is SO sad.

We didn't think things could get any worse than when we last told you that Casey Kasem had yet to be buried two weeks after his death.

Well, it gets sadder.

That's because according to Casey's daughter, Kerri Kasem, the legendary radio personality is STILL at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington, over a MONTH after his death.

Seriously!

We understand that family matters are deeply personal and that the death of a loved one is beyond traumatizing, but a month seems like too long to let this feud last.

When Casey passed away last Father's Day, his children knew that he wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

Well, his children are saying that Casey's second wife, Jean Kasem, has the rights to his body and has still not made any arrangements regarding the burial. Plus, she won't even agree to bring him back to California.

We really hope that the Kasem family can sort all of this out. Everyone deserves to be able to rest in peace.


Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2014-07-16-casey-kasem-still-not-buried-1-month-after-death#ixzz37gvKIMMi
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:05 am

Given the previous fuss, it doesn't surprise me. Presumably the body is stored at the right temperature. A court might insist on the dignity of burial, but if the two parties are too at loggerheads to agree, someone's going to miss out big time.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:38 pm

Well, some things are moving in this case:

Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada, funeral director says
Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.

Kasem's corpse was taken from a Washington state funeral home last week before the radio icon's daughter could enforce a court order against it being removed, according to the director of Tacoma's Gaffney Funeral Home.

A lawyer delivered the order a day after the body was sent out of the country, Corey Gaffney said
It'll be hard for the daughter to get a case that her stepmother drove CK into the grave at the age of 82, if you ask me.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:15 pm

He's off to Norway next, believe it or not:

Casey Kasem's wife has Norway's OK to bury him there; his kids object
Casey Kasem's body was reportedly on the way to Europe earlier this week, and late Thursday the destination was determined: Norway..

That's a long way for the remains of the Top 40 radio icon to travel, especially given the fact that according to his three eldest children he wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
Arizona, or Norway? Hmm, lemme think about that one...  Rolling Eyes
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:16 am

Well, the story's back again:

Casey Kasem's widow sued for wrongful death
Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem's children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on Kasem's children from a previous marriage by restricting access to their father before his death
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