Court orders handed to Casey Kasem's wife


by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News and KING 5 News Staff

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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 10:48 PM

SEATTLE -- KING 5 News has learned that Casey Kasem's wife and her attorneys were delivered a court order from California Friday afternoon, giving his daughter Kerri Kasem expanded power over his healthcare.

The "Top 40" radio personality has been staying in Kitsap County with his wife, Jean, and a family friend, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesperson for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, confirms they were delivered the court order early Friday afternoon.

The order says "Casey Kasem lacks the capacity to give informed consent to any form of medical treatment because he is unable to respond knowingly and intelligently regarding medical treatment."

It gives Kerri Kasem, his daughter from a prior marriage, "the power to exercise exclusive authority" to make health care decisions on Kasem's behalf.

It also says she's authorized to retain one or more unarmed licensed private investigators to assist her in implementation of the court order.

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Kerri Kasem's spokesperson confirms she is in Washington state to get her father.

Since Kerri Kasem's court order comes from a civil court in California, Kitsap County authorities only had to serve the papers to Jean Kasem. It would take an order from a Washington Superior Court to give deputies authority to take Kasem out of the home. Wilson said he does not see that happening Friday or this weekend.

Kasem's children launched a nationwide search for Kasem earlier this month. They were concerned for his safety after he was removed from a nursing home in California.

Kasem, 82, has been in poor health in recent years. Daughter Kerri Kasem's court filings state her father is suffering from a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease that had previously been incorrectly diagnosed as an advanced form of Parkinson's disease.

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