Radio legend Casey Kasem is missing, according to members of his family, and a judge has ordered an investigation into his whereabouts. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease and reportedly can no longer speak and requires a feeding tube.
The judge's order came on Monday after a lawyer for Kasem's wife and caregiver, Jean Kasem, said the entertainer had been “removed” from the country, reports the New York Daily News
Daughter Kerri Kasem told the Daily News her father had been living in a private care facility until last week, when he was discharged at his wife's request. She believes her father may now be either in Canada or on an Indian reservation in Washington state.
Kerri Kasem is one of the DJ's three adult children from a previous marriage who, along with Casey Kasem's brother, have been battling estranged stepmom, actress Jean Kasem, in court over access to their father. They staged a protest outside her home last fall, claiming they were denied access to visit Casey. Jean and Casey Kasem have been married since 1980.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy appointed Kerri Kasem as her father's new temporary conservator during the hearing. Kerri argued in court that moving her father violates the siblings' legal agreement regarding visitation, the Daily News reports.
“We're going to find him, take care of him and love him," daughter Kerri Kasem vowed in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. "He's going to be with family, not stuck in some unfamiliar place where he's dying alone."
"I'm just praying to God she hasn't hurt him. He's very ill and fragile right now,” Kerri said.
Kerri claims she and her two full siblings were banished from their father's home by his wife years ago. Casey has one other daughter with Jean, daughter Liberty, 23.