Casey Kasem Is Missing and His Kids Are Blaming His “Horrible” Younger Wife

Casey Kasem DeadCasey Kasem, 82, has been at the cen­ter of a heated fam­ily feud between his younger wife, Jean Kasem, and his kids—and things are only get­ting worse. The iconic radio DJ suf­fers from advanced Parkinson’s dis­ease and is believed to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Despite his dete­ri­o­rat­ing health, his kids are claim­ing that his wife has kept them from see­ing their dying father.

Jean Kasem and her step­kids have been going at it in court over the care of Casey Kasem, who’s restricted to a bed and can­not walk or speak. They seemed to reach an agree­ment back in Decem­ber 2013 when the kids were granted vis­i­ta­tion rights, but the fam­ily feud has since taken a turn for the worst.

Kasem’s kids say they went to visit their father at the hos­pi­tal in Santa Mon­ica on May 6, 2014, but a few hours after they left, he went miss­ing. The kids, as well as Casey Kasem’s brother, believe his young wife moved him with­out inform­ing them. Jean Kasem’s attor­ney admit­ted that he knows the man has been taken out of the U.S., but he doesn’t even know where his client’s hus­band is.

Even Casey Kasem’s first wife, Linda Myers Nay­lor, has expressed con­cern over his well being. “The kids got to see their dad [on May 6]; he mouthed, ‘I love you.’ Then his wife went in that night, dumped him into a car and took him away. He had an IV plus a stom­ach feed­ing tube,” said Nay­lor, adding, “This hor­ri­ble woman, he’s lit­er­ally afraid of her.”

Along with his kids and ex-wife, Casey Kasem’s brother, Mouner Kasem, is speak­ing out to try and paint a pic­ture of who Jean Kasem really is. When Kasem was first in the hos­pi­tal, his wife sup­pos­edly set strict rules for vis­i­tors. “We were allowed to see him for one hour, but we had to sign an agree­ment, and there was a guard there tex­ting every­thing we said and did [to Jean],” said Mouner Kasem. “Every day we had to sign a new agreement.”

Jean Kasem has claimed in the past that she’s kept her husband’s kids and fam­ily away from him for his own good. In a state­ment filed in Novem­ber 2013, Mrs. Kasem said that his kids were falsely claim­ing that she was keep­ing their father pris­oner against his will. “For rea­sons they know all too well, their pres­ence at this stage would be toxic and extremely dis­tress­ing for Casey, Jean and their daugh­ter, Lib­erty, who have had enough of their cru­elty,” wrote Jean Kasem.

Kasem’s kids think his wife may have trans­ported him to a secluded Native reser­va­tion in Wash­ing­ton State, but a judge has ordered an imme­di­ate inves­ti­ga­tion to uncover exactly where Casey Kasem is now.

UPDATE: Casey Kasem was located in Wash­ing­ton State with his wife the same day his daugh­ter filed the miss­ing per­sons report. There’s no word on his con­di­tion or his treatment.

What do you think: Is Casey Kasem’s young wife gen­uinely inter­ested in his health, or is she just try­ing to secure his $80 mil­lion fortune?


Appelo, T., “Casey Kasem Miss­ing, Fam­ily Mem­bers Blame ‘Hor­ri­ble’ Wife: ‘He’s Lit­er­ally Afraid of Her,’” The Hol­ly­wood Reporter web site, May 12, 2014;

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