A judge ruled Wednesday that Casey Kasem's medical care will remain in the hands of his daughter, Kerri. The iconic radio host, 82, has been in hospice care, though an attorney for Kerri said that a decision has not been made by Kerri about whether to take him off of life support. "This is the most difficult decision that a judge or an attorney can make. Mr. Kasem is dying and Mr. Kasem has expressed his desire to die peacefully and in comfort," Troy Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem, told ABC News. "The judge found today that [Kasem's second wife, Jean's] actions have not been in the interest of Mr. Kasem. He found that Kerri Kasem's actions have been in Mr. Kasem's interest, who clearly expressed his desire to die very peacefully and comfortably in this matter," Martin said. Recently, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled that the American Top 40 host, who has a form of dementia, should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluated his health with his doctors. Wednesday's ruling reversed that decision. After Wednesday's decision keeping Kerri, Kasem's daughter from his first marriage, in control, Jean lashed out outside the courtroom. "In three days our lives have been shredded," she said, adding that the court "decided to kill my husband. It’s wrong. The courts are wrong and I’m going to hold everybody accountable and responsible because they all have blood on their hands." Jean and Kerri have been battling over the Scooby Doo voice actor's care since May.
I don't think most of us stop to think of what an icon he is--even though his claim to fame is hosting a radio countdown. The show started around 1971 and ended in 2004. It's still aired every weekend on Sirius XM's 70s channel. I remember waiting for Sunday so I can see if last week's number song was still number one and, if not, which song dethroned it? I kept a journal every week of the entire countdown (not sure why!) and the waiting to get through all three hours was sometimes painful. Thank you Casey. You are one of the reasons I wanted to go into radio in the first place.--Mark