• Casey Kasem 'near the end of his life'

    By: KIRO 7 STAFF


    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Legendary radio host Casey Kasem is "very near the end of his life," his wife told a judge Monday and a doctor who saw him told the court Kasem has a 50 percent chance to survive for six months.

    Kasem -- known for his years as host of the American Top 40 and as the voice of Shaggy on "Scooby Doo" -- was taken to Kitsap County last month during a family dispute about his care.

    At the Monday afternoon court hearing in Kitsap County, the judge chastised Kasem's wife for playing a video of him allegedly moaning and said if it happens again she'll take action.

    The judge was told Kasem is now at St. Anthony Hospital, and he previously was taken by ambulance to a Kitsap County medical facility after an argument between his wife and daughter, authorities said.

    Kasem, 82, and his wife Jean were staying with friends near Seattle when authorities responded Sunday to a 911 call and found Jean and Kerri Kasem arguing, said Deputy Scott Wilson, public affairs officer for the Kitsap County sheriff's office. A doctor was present when Casey Kasem was removed from the home, Wilson said.

    Monday afternoon, a representative for Kerri Kasem sent KIRO 7 cell phone video of Jean Kasem apparently throwing meat during a dispute outside the Kitsap County residence.

    The episode marked the latest twist in the ongoing dispute between Jean Kasem and her stepdaughter, who has said in legal filings that her father suffers from a form of dementia.

    Kerri Kasem accompanied her father when the ambulance took him to receive care, said Danny Deraney, her spokesman. His condition could not be determined.

    Kerri Kasem said in court last week that her father is suffering from bedsores and lung and bladder infections. A Kitsap County judge ruled that she could have a doctor of her choosing examine her father.

    A message left for Jean Kasem's representative wasn't immediately returned. Follow this link for previous coverage of the Casey Kasem case and a timeline in the Kasem family dispute.

    Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

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