Kasem’s wife sued

LOS ANGELES • The widow of American radio personality Casey Kasem has been sued by three of his children and his brother, who claim her actions led to his death in June last year.

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse, inflicting emotional distress and breach of contract by restricting access to Kasem and failing to provide adequate medical care.

Kasem, the former American Top 40 deejay, died in Washington state at age 82 after suffering from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia.

His three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Michael and Julie - have accused Jean Kasem of abusing their father, who was suffering from bedsores at the end of his life, and preventing them from contacting him for a lengthy period.

The lawsuit from the siblings and Kasem's brother Mouner seeks US$250,000 (S$352,000) for Kasem's suffering and unspecified other damages. Los Angeles prosecutors said last May that there was not enough evidence against Jean Kasem to bring a case.


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