Casey Kasem's Wife Ordered to Court for Authority Over DJ's Medical Care
Casey Kasem's wife, Jean Kasem, has been ordered to appear in Kitsap County, Wash., court on Friday, the Associated Press reports.
Jean Kasem is set to appear in regard to the ongoing debate about whether or not the veteran DJ is receiving adequate care, amid concerns about his health and welfare.
Last Friday, she was served with a California court order that temporarily suspends her authority over the matter -- (she has maintained control of his medical care and access to him, blocking three of Kasem's children from seeing him in recent months), while daughter Kerri Kasem received expanded authority on the subject.
The documents delivered Wednesday to Jean Kasem note that her failure to appear in court on Friday could lead to a warrant for her arrest.
This latest development follows Casey Kasem's recent missing-person status, as adult protective services and court investigators were ordered to try to locate him on Monday, after a family attorney said he did not know where Kasem was. Though he was located the next day at a friend's home -- where he was "alert, upright, dressed, groomed and cognizant of what was going on," -- his children, unaware at the time that he had been found, filed a missing person's report on Wednesday.
Kasem quietly retired in 2009. The American Top 40 radio legend can no longer walk and has lost much of his ability to speak, and his family is entangled in a fierce, headline-heavy battle for his conservatorship.