May-December relationships can get tricky when there are kids involved, and no one found that out better than the late Casey Kasem, who may never be able to rest in peace, because his family is still viciously attacking each other in the media. And neither side seems willing to back down.
It all goes back to Kasem’s May-December relationship with Jean Kasem, who’s 22 years younger. The celebrity couple married 34 years ago, but his second wife has had a strained relationship with his grown kids from his first marriage. As Casey Kasem inched closer to his death, his kids accused the younger woman of purposely barring them from coming anywhere near him, and in return, they slapped her with elderly abuse accusations after he developed fatal bed sores as a result of improperly moving him from the hospital. The kids and their stepmother have also been battling each other for control over Casey Kasem’s medical care.
Even after Casey Kasem died on June 15, 2014, his family continued to go at it, and it’s only getting nastier, all thanks to his tumultuous May-December relationship with Jean Kasem. For starters, the wife is accusing his kids of using their dead father for a quick cash grab. According to Jean Kasem, Casey’s daughter, Kerri, called up the funeral home to find out how quickly she would be able to get her hands on a death certificate, which can only mean one thing. “Their impatience for Casey to die was obvious when they killed him and now their impatience to collect on the life insurance is even more telling,” Jean Kasem told TMZ.
Casey Kasem’s kids have ammo of their own, and here’s where it gets even more twisted. The kids are claiming that their father’s May-December relationship with Jean was hardly as perfect as Jean tried to make everyone believe. In fact, his daughter is accusing her of having an affair with a man who’s almost 20 years her junior while her elderly husband was on his deathbed. Kerri Kasem even hired a private investigator, who reportedly uncovered that Jean Kasem has moved the younger man into an oceanfront Malibu condo that she and Casey owned.
One of Kerri Kasem’s lawyers also implied that their May-December relationship was a sham when he wrote in court papers from March 2014, “Mrs. Kasem has been lying to Mr. Kasem for at least two years, telling him that they are divorced. What possible motive could Mrs. Kasem have for such cruelty.” Keep in mind that Casey Kasem had progressive dementia. Jean Kasem hasn’t publicly commented on the affair allegations or on the nature of her May-December relationship with Casey Kasem before his passing at the age of 82.
Parry, R., et al., “EXCLUSIVE: Casey Kasem’s widow Jean ‘cheated on radio legend with 40-something toyboy for years’ as her 82-year-old husband’s condition worsened, claims investigator hired by daughter,” Daily Mail web site, June 19, 2014; http://goo.gl/BqhCuS.
“Casey Kasem’s Widow – Kids Shamelessly Gunning For Life Insurance Payday,” TMZ web site, June 24, 2014; http://goo.gl/A07xIZ.
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