News

Ailing DJ Casey Kasem to stop receiving food, water

Ailing DJ Casey Kasem to stop receiving food, water

A RADIO LEGEND: Kerri Kasem and her brother and sister, the "American Top 40" host's children from his first marriage, chose to transition Kasem back to comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington state hospital where he has been in hospice care. Photo: Reuters

By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The daughter of ailing 82-year-old deejay Casey Kasem has decided to withhold food, hydration and his usual medication from him following a Los Angeles judge’s decision on Wednesday to let her do so, her spokesman said.

Kerri Kasem and her brother and sister, the “American Top 40” host’s children from his first marriage, chose to transition Kasem back to comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington state hospital where he has been in hospice care.

Kasem’s care has been the subject of a legal tussle between Kerri Kasem and Casey Kasem’s current wife, Jean Kasem, who initially won a court order on Monday allowing Kasem food, water and his usual medication. Kasem’s wife has opposed withholding food and water from her husband. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and water would be detrimental to his health, agreeing with the deejay’s physicians and daughter Kerri Kasem, who is in charge of her father’s healthcare.

“Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Kasem’s children said in a statement.

The statement included part of Kasem’s health directive, which stated that he desired no form of “life-sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration.”

Kasem, who also voiced the character Shaggy in the “Scooby-Doo” cartoons, had been on comfort-oriented care, which manages pain and withholds food and water that could be harmful to his health, Kerri Kasem’s attorney Martha Patterson said.

Patterson said food was running a risk of giving Kasem pneumonia while water was flooding his lungs.

Kasem’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, supports putting his client back on comfort-oriented care.

Gregory Young, an attorney for Jean Kasem, said they would pursue all legal options and that Kasem was being “starved and cut off from medicine until he dies.” Young also alleges that the healthcare directive presented by Kerri Kasem is out of date.

Kasem – who suffers from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease – is also suffering from an infected bedsore, an ulcer on the skin that is often difficult to treat.

(Editing by Will Dunham and Jim Loney)

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

WWU Soccer: women falls in OT, men get a tie

western washington logo generic copy/wwu

The WWU women's soccer team falls in OT to UBC in exhibition while the men tie Whitworth, 1-1, aslo in an exhibition game.

in Sports

Falcons announce 5-year contract extension for Julio Jones

Julio Jones #11 plays during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Julio Jones that is expected to rank with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.

in Sports

Little League World Series championship match-up is set

llws via ap twitter

Lewisberry, Pennsylvania will take on Tokyo, Japan in the Little League World Series championship game.

in Local Sports

Hauschka kicks 60-yard field goal to gives Seahawks win

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as Marshawn Lynch (24) blocks against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.

Steven Hauschka kicked a 60-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to give the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night.

in Local Sports

Seager hits 2-run HR, Mariners hold on to beat White Sox 7-6

Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run during a three-run first inning and the Seattle Mariners withstood Chicago's late rally to beat the White Sox 7-6 Saturday night.