Casey Kasem's Daughter Kerri Holds Vigil Outside His Hospital on His 82nd Birthday
Happy Birthday, Casey Kasem. The legendary radio personality spent his 82nd birthday at the Berkley East Convalescent Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sunday, April 27, but his daughter Kerri Kasem remained determined that he wouldn't be alone for the milestone.
On her Facebook page, Kerri wrote, "I know this is short notice but it’s my Dad’s birthday this Sunday and we are having a birthday vigil for him from 6pm to 7pm outside of the convalescent home where he is being kept away from all who love him. Please help my family, my Dad’s friends and the human rights group Answer (www.AnswerLA.org) celebrate my incredible father’s 82nd birthday! If my father had an impact on your life in any way please come and show your support."
Kerri, 35, and her siblings Julie and Mike (Kasem's children from first wife Linda Myers) have been sparring with the legendary radio host's current wife Jean Kasem, who they claim has kept them from their father while he battles Parkinson's disease.
The feud entered the public spotlight back in Oct. 2013 when Casey's children first spoke out about not getting to see their father for months.
"We don't understand. Why would you stop your husband from seeing his children, his brother, his friends and family? Why?" Kerri told to Us Weekly in October. "It's been really difficult, but I am hoping she comes out and says, you know, 'I'm sorry. Of course you can see your dad.' But we've heard nothing from her. Nothing. So our next step is legal action."
"We love my father and my father loves us," Kerri told Us back in October. "We don't want his money, we don't want his estate, we don't want anything from her. All we want is to see our dad...We just want to see our dad and to love him and take care of him before he dies."