Casey Kasem in critical condition in Washington hospital
In the middle of a bitter custody battle, Casey Kasem's daughter had him admitted to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
It has been a long custody battle to decide who is responsible for the well-being of legendary radio host Casey Kasem — a battle that may end in a hospital in western Washington. Kasem is listed in critical condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.
"Mr. Kasem is alert and appears comfortable at this time," Scott Thompson, a spokesman for the hospital, told CNN.
Thompson added that the 82-year-old is receiving antibiotics through an IV, medicine for blood pressure and care for his bedsores.
Kasem's wife Jean and children have been battling over the custody of Kasem for the last year, and his daughter Kerri recently won the right to take care of him for the time being after he was reported missing. The children had said Casey Kasem's wife wasn't allowing his children to visit.
After finding Kasem at the home of a family friend, Kerri Kasem had a doctor examine her father. He was then admitted to the hospital by ambulance.
"Any further updates on Mr. Kasem's condition will be at the discretion and approval of his children," Thompson explained.
A spokesperson for Kerri Kasem said that other family members were on their way to Washington. When asked if they feared their father might die, he said, "It could be his last moments, or he could get better," according to CNN. The spokesperson's office said there will be further information available about the court case on Friday, June 6.
Kasem hosted American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40 for decades, and retired in 2009.