Casey Kasem's Kids Have a Plan: Armed Guards
Kerri Kasem thinks they may be necessary to get him away from wife
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 10:44 AM 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 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

(Newser) – Casey Kasem's kids are still trying to wrest the ailing 82-year-old away from his wife, Jean, whom they've been battling for months, and their latest plan sounds pretty intense. A legal source tells the New York Daily News that lawyers for Casey Kasem and his daughter, Kerri, who was recently appointed his temporary conservator, are considering having armed guards take Kasem out of Jean's custody in Washington state and to a hospital. The team filed legal paperwork yesterday asking that Jean Kasem be forced to submit to the transfer and surrender her husband's passport, and Kerri Kasem wants the security in case something goes awry.

"I’m very worried that Jean ... might make a break to leave the country," Kerri Kasem says. "They’re a ferry boat ride away from Canada and a few miles from an Indian reservation. If he’s moved again, his life might be in danger. I’m very worried." Jean Kasem's team objected to the proposal from Kerri's team, so a hearing will be held today. The Los Angeles Daily News—which doesn't mention armed guards—says the hearing will determine whether Jean Kasem will be ordered to cooperate with Kerri Kasem when Kerri travels to Washington to make medical decisions on her father's behalf. Kerri Kasem's lawyer also says she should be able to hire lawyers and a private investigator to assist her.

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May 21, 2014 8:34 AM CDT
This is why a Living Will is soo important.I loved listening to him also. Such a sad story.
May 20, 2014 9:28 PM CDT
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May 20, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
This story leaves out the most essential details, in my opinion;ie; what does Mr.Kasem want? Is he really mentally disabled or just old. Too often it is assumed that being old means the person can't make their own decisions, in our culture. Elsewhere, old people were revered for their wisdom and experience. If he is truly mentally incapacitated, what would he have wanted; did he trust his wife? How long have they been married? I'm sure he has a significant estate. So that may be the motivation of 'well meaning' family. I hope this is resolved to HIS satisfaction. I sure enjoyed listening to him all these years.