Casey Kasem is a radio legend, but after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he is also in the middle of a family fight.
Casey Kasem has been a staple in the world of Top 40 radio for decades. But last year, Kasem announced he had Parkinson’s Disease and now, it looks like the 82-year-old has gone missing.
According to the Associated Press, a judge has ordered an investigation into Kasem’s location after his wife said she had “removed” him from Los Angeles without telling his children.
Kasem’s daughter Kerri filed for a temporary conservatorship after her stepmother didn’t follow the rules of the agreement they had, which would allow his children to see him. Kerri Kasem said she thinks Kasem’s wife has taken him to an Indian reservation in Washington State.
The children of Casey Kasem also attempted to get a conservatorship of their father last year, when they said their stepmother was alienating him.
“He can’t really speak, but he knows we’re there,” Kerri said back in 2013. “And last time we saw him, he could shuffle a bit. He had a hard, very hard, time walking. He was just deteriorating due to Parkinson’s disease.”
The radio personality’s situation sounds similar to that of Mickey Rooney, who accused his stepson of elder abuse back in 2011, and took his fight all the way to Capitol Hill.
“I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated,” Rooney, who died last month, told Congress three years ago. “But above all, when a man feels helpless, it’s terrible.”
The judge in this case apparently felt the same, and ordered adult protective services to find Kasem.
Jean and Casey Kasem have been married since 1980, and have a 23-year-old child together. Jean’s attorney told the court even he doesn’t know where Kasem is but that he is “no longer in the United States.
“I have no idea where he is,” he added.