Casey Kasem Has Just Months to Live
According to wife's rep, who appeared in court yesterday
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

(Newser) – Iconic DJ Casey Kasem, who left show business in 2009 at age 77, has just months to live, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. Kasem and wife Jean were sued by a former caregiver who says Jean mistreated her, and the case was heard (and thrown out) yesterday. A rep who appeared on Jean's behalf revealed Kasem is dying, according to TMZ. Jean herself submitted legal documents that say Kasem "is terminally ill and unable to leave home."

TMZ has obtained other legal documents regarding Kasem this month; his kids say stepmom Jean has blocked them from seeing their father, and they're fighting her. Among the revelations: Kasem has advanced Parkinson's disease; may have early dementia and can only "shuffle short distances"; and suffers hallucinations and major impairment to his memory and ability to communicate, among other things.

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Oct 20, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
So sad to hear is prognosis for Mr. Kasem. When he was on the air I would watch and listen for his program, and always enjoyed his style. He is the same quality of a man as Dick Clark. My best to him and his family.
Oct 20, 2013 2:09 AM CDT
Casey's Coast to Coast ! I used to read my Sunday ( real paper ) newspaper and listen to the radio. How many Sundays was he there for us ? I wish only the best for him.
Oct 20, 2013 1:54 AM CDT
I actually hadn't listened to radio for at least 10 years. Then a couple weeks ago, I had a rental car on a business trip and it had XM radio. During the week I listened to it, one of his old countdown shows came on. I wondered why they were running such an old countdown show and now I know.