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Casey Kasem, Legendary Top 40 Radio Host, Dead at 82

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Casey Kasem, legendary host of the American Top 40 radio program that counted down the hits for American audiences every week, has died. He was 82.

Kasem passed away Sunday (June 15) after a lengthy illness and battle over his conservatorship by his family member, CBS News reports.

A judge ruled earlier this month that Kasem’s daughter Kerri had the right to withhold food, fluids and medication from her father, a process that began earlier this week, Billboard reported. Kerri Kasem and Jean Kasem, the broadcaster’s wife of 34 years, had been locked in a battle for control over the decision to keep him alive.

Forbes reported that, after the ruling in Kerri Kasem’s favor on Wednesday (June 11), Jean Kasem stormed out of the courtroom, announcing, “You have blood on your hands!”

Kasem had suffered from Lewy body dementia since last year, a condition similar to Parkinson’s that had rendered him with trouble speaking. He had also been bedridden for some time, and had been hospitalized with bedsores and sepsis.

Last month, the whereabouts of Kasem were unknown; it was later revealed that Jean Kasem had taken him to Washington state without notifying the rest of the family. When Kerri Kasem arrived to see her father earlier this month after a court ruling allowed her to do so, she instructed he be taken to a local hospital, something his wife did not take kindly to, throwing raw meat at her, according to several witnesses.

Read more on Radio.com.

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