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Casey Kasem arrives at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles.
Casey Kasem arrives at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles. Amanda Edwards—Getty Images

Casey Kasem Is in Critical Condition

Jun 06, 2014

Iconic radio personality Casey Kasem is in critical condition at a Washington State hospital.

“Mr. Kasem is alert and appears comfortable at this time," Scott Thompson, a spokesman for St. Anthony Hospital, told CNN in a written statement.

The 82-year-old retired host of the weekly Top 40 countdown has Lewy body disease, a serious form of dementia.

His admittance into the western Washington hospital was overshadowed by a showdown — in front of cameras — between his wife Jean Kasem and his eldest daughter from a previous marriage, Kerri Kasem.

Kasem’s daughter and her brother earlier arrived at his home with paramedics, demanding that he be admitted to a hospital.

They have been involved with his wife in a bitter legal battle over visitation rights and right of attorney. Jean Kasem has prevented Kasem’s children from his first marriage from visiting the radio host.

In May, a Washington judge granted Kerri Kasem temporary visitation rights of one hour per day and directed that her father be examined by a doctor. Kasem’s wife was also ordered to hand in his passport and was temporarily forbidden to travel anywhere with him without a court order.

[CNN]

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