Casey Kasem, the former host of American Top 40 radio show and the original voice actor of Shaggy from the Scooby Doo cartoons, has gone missing.
The news broke Monday when a lawyer for Kasem’s wife, Jean, said he didn’t know Kasem’s whereabouts.
“I have no idea where he is,” said attorney Craig Marcus, adding that Jean Kasem — who was not present in the court room — had every right to move her husband as she saw fit. He also stated that while he didn’t know where the radio personality was, he knew that he had been removed from the country.
Kasem, now 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease. He can no longer speak and all of his medical decisions in recent years have been made by his wife.
“Your statements concern me even more,” replied Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy, who then ordered that a court investigator and adult protective services locate Kasem and report back to the court.
According to the Associated Press:
Casey Kasem’s children have complained that they have been unable to see their father in accordance with an agreement with their stepmother. Daughter Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father’s temporary caretaker on Monday. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said the family believes the entertainer has been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.
As temporary conservator, Kerri Kasem will have access to her father’s medical records and other reports that have previously been sealed by court order.
Kerri, Julie and Mike Kasem were born during their father’s marriage to Linda Myers from 1972-79. Jean Kasem has been married to the former radio personality for more than three decades.
We’ll have updates as the story unfolds.