Wednesday, December 4, 2019
On Tuesday, the adult children of the late radio host Casey Kasem filed for the dismissal of their wrongful death suit against their stepmother, Jean Kasem. Both sides have signed off on an undisclosed settlement. Kerri Kasem, however, is reportedly unhappy with the settlement, with the rumors stating that she felt that the ending was forced upon her by her two siblings.
Kasem passed away in 2014 at the age of 82 after suffering from dementia and a severe bedsore, leaving behind an estate of an estimated $100 million. The children and the stepmother has fought over the man's medical care and visitation before his death, especially after Jean secretly moved him to Washington state, allegedly to protect Kasem's privacy. His children contend that the removal care from the round-the-clock care that he been receiving led to his death, but Jean was never charged with elder abuse. The case was reopened after Jean hired a private investigator that found that the children may have played a part in Kasem's death, but police concluded that there was no wrongdoing in the case.
See Snejana Farberov, Casey Kasem's Children Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit With his Wife, Daily Mail, December 3, 2019.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.