Casey Kasem In Critical Condition: Radio Legend Ordered to Be Fed, Hydrated and Medicated, Judge Rules
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Casey Kasem is to be fed, hydrated and medicated while his health is evaluated by a court-appointed lawyer, the Associated Press reported Monday, June 9.
The radio legend, 82, who has dementia, is currently in critical condition in a Washington state hospital. A spokesperson for St. Anthony Hospital, where the beloved radio personality is being treated for an infected bedsore, confirmed Kasem's current medical condition.
The latest development in the family saga comes after his daughter, Kerri Kasem, was given temporary control of his treatment last Friday, June 6. According to the AP, Kerri took doctors' suggestions and decided to stop giving her dad water, medication, and food. The reason for the life-ending step was because doctors said feeding and hydrating Kasem would create more pain for the ailing radio personality. Kerri's spokesperson gave a statement to ABC last Friday regarding her father's health condition and said he "won't be with us much longer."
Kasem's second wife, Jean Kasem, also appeared in court on Monday, June 9, and requested she be restored as her husabnd's primary caretaker. According to the AP, she said: "Only God knows when to take someone."
The family feud over Casey's fate got even uglier outside of the courtroom, when Jean told reporters of her stepdaughter: "Everybody is standing by and watching her kill my husband." Jean's latest words come one week after she flung a raw hamburger at Kerri for showing up at her house with an ambulance. "In the name of King David, I threw a piece of raw meat into the street in exchange for my husband to the wild rabid dogs," Jean later told NBC News.
Jean is not only battling Kerri, but Kasem's two other children from his first marriage, Mike and Julie. The former American Top 40 host has been bedridden for some time as he's suffering from Lewy body disease. According to his kids, Jean has kept them from meeting Kasem as he's suffering from the debilitating condition.