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December 18th, 2013
11:50 PM ET

Casey Kasem's children fight to see their father: "You get 20 minutes ... before being ripped away by an armed guard"

Now into his ninth decade, and suffering from Parkinson's disease, one might think that radio legend Casey Kasem would simply want to spend his golden years surrounded by his children and his friends.

But according to Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the 81-year-old media icon, that is impossible, as her stepmother is preventing Kasem's kids from visiting their ailing father:

"It's been a very long time. We saw this coming. We weren't blind sided by this. This is a man we saw every single week, talked to him every single day on the phone until he lost his voice. We are an extremely close knit family, extremely, and his family means more to him than anything," she told Piers Morgan. "We tried everything to get her to let us see him when she stopped bringing him over to the house. She had an assistant bring him over to the house so we could see him every weekend. She stopped. My sister went there, knocked on the door and she was escorted off the property."

Joining his sister in the "Piers Morgan Live" Los Angeles studio, Mike Kasem insisted that Jean Kasem's actions are most damaging to the very man she claims to be protecting:

"What it's about more than us is our dad, and, you know, him having just some stimulation and love and care around him provided by, you know, everybody, including us, his children," he said as part of a live interview.

Becoming visibly emotional, Kerri attempted to put the situation into perspective:

"It's like take the person that you love most on earth, know that they're sick, know they want to see you, you get 20 minutes with them before being ripped away by an armed guard and having them say 'please stay' and you can't."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Casey Kasem's children, and to learn about their battle to visit their father, check out the Kasem Cares Foundation.
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  1. walterjanelle

    Love the show

    December 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Marlene Bowder

    I just want to know how Jean would feel if someone kept her from seeing her sick parent. I support Casey's children and pray that they are able to be there for their father during his time of need and be able to give him the support that he needs in the coming days.

    December 19, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mgw1959

    Would Carol Burnett and Tim Conway host SNL?? Vicki Lawrence also on the show?

    December 19, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. LWilliams

    I feel sorry for the kids, other family members, and Casey's friends! I know exactly how his kids are feeling...our step-monster did the same thing. Her kids could see our dying dad, but we couldn't. He wanted to spend time with just us alone, and she wouldn't allow it. We still don't know what she did with his ashes – she didn't honor his request that we all get together to scatter them. Unfortunately, the world is full of just plain evil people.

    December 19, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Stuart Cohen

    I am appalled that these beautiful children have to go through such a horrifying experience. This is totally uncalled for and extremely ludicrous. I listened to Casey Kasem for years. I'd turn on the radio in my Dads car and always listen to him. Both Casey and Murray the "K" were the absolute greatest. Kasey's voice alone is a TRADEMARK of our era. Since time is of the essence, I would suggest organizing a critical, but peaceful demonstration directly in front of the
    home where Casey resides. Let the world know what is going on, Get every TV network involved. We can't allow this low class woman to continue this abuse. Let's face it – there is a lot of GREED involved in her actions. Thanks so much Piers for making public this horrific experience that KERRI and MIKE have to endure. We can all only wish, hope and pray for the best.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 19, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Blake Esq

    Totally disgusting! If I was the judge who heard this matter before me, I'd throw the book at Jean Kasem! She is outrageous and a big bully! This judge better wake up at the next hearing they have, and better take this matter under hand! These children should be allowed to visit with there father for a minimum of 2-3 hours per visit! And nobody should be present when they are having time with Casey, including any guards- GUARDS for what? to guard a father from his children- absolutely REDICULOUS!!! Shame on you Jean Kasem!

    December 20, 2013 at 2:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. tota

    "Know that they want to see you."

    Children! Get before a judge NOW, and make sure that Jean isn't holding father against will. That Kasem may be competent (not well, but competent enough to make important decisions like who he is living with) to divorce this witch. Who knows, he may have told her so and that is why she will not allow anyone around him. Get medical experts– good, sensitive ones, who will determine what his will is. He may be sick, unable to care for himself, but competent enough to make the decision who he is cared for and by. Often they want to leave wives who have become abusive.

    GET INTO COURT! He could live another 5-10 whatever years– and he deserves to live it with you and not someone who has horns. He probably wants out!!! I'd help him divorce her.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jakki

      Tota, could not agree more, this is about MONEY!

      December 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JACKSON

    READ THE LOZA CASE AGAINST JEAN KASEM- TMZ. TMZ STATES THAT LOZA WON A CASE AGAINST JEAN ALLEGING ABUSE.

    KIDS- GET ON THIS- HOW DO WE KNOW THAT KASEM ISN'T BEING TREATED THE SAME WAY!!! FORGET PIERS SHOW– GET INTO COURT TO MAKE SURE KASEM HIMSELF ISN'T BEING KEPT AGAINST HIS WILL AWAY FROM HIS KIDS– AND SUBJECTED TO ANY VERBAL OR EMOTIONAL ABUSE. GET THE COURT EXAMINER IN THERE, DOCTORS, EXPERTS . . . IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE JEAN ONLY WANTS MONEY . . . WHY KEEP A DAD AWAY FROM HIS CHILDREN . . . CRUELTY IT SOUNDS LIKE . . . TOO BAD HE MARRIED HER . . . SHE'S AN UGLY WOMAN TOO. IT SOUNDS LIKE HE MAY WANT TO LEAVE MONEY OR THINGS TO KIDS AND SHE AFRAID OF HIM BEING COMPETENT ENOUGH TO CHANGE THINGS AROUND, AND LEAVE MONEY TO THE KIDS HE CARES MOST ABOUT AND NOT TO AN UGLY. TERRIBLE.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joey

    What the heck? This is insane!

    December 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maureen

    Men are not objects to be owned and used as weapons. It's obvious Jean wants to hurt these kids and what better way then with Dad. She can't possibly love the man. No person who truly has love in their heart would keep a sick person from their family, on any level, at any time. Often Caregivers become abusive in many forms. This is a classic case of abuse which needs more attention in our society. Poor Casey loses on both fronts. His health & his family. T

    December 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nasga

    There is nothing worse than being shut out of a loved one's life when he/she needs us most. We see this same atrocity in unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships and it's growing exponentially as the Boomers are aging. Parents are taken away and forced into nursing homes against their will and the will of their family. When family complains, family is retaliated against by denied visitation. Some families never see their loved one alive again. When the wards complain, many are drugged into compliance with dangerous psychotropic drugs. They often die prematurely – alone and afraid.

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    February 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Boomers Against Elder Abuse

    This is happening to many families. Elders under guardianship are often isolated this way from family. Check to be sure that the court ordered the isolation. Casey has civil rights and unless the court has decided he isn't capable of exercising certain rights, he should be able to see you. Good luck to you. So sorry you are going through this. My facebook page is specifically dedicated to the isolation and abuse of elders in the guardianship system.

    February 17, 2014 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mark

    Kerri & Mike,
    Contact APP aka Adult Protective Services. By law the social workers have to investigate & check out a stiualtion of suspected abuse whether it be physical, verbal, confinement, financial, food deprivation deprivation of treatment, etc.
    By keeping his adult children away from him, this cruelness is off the page as orchestrated by their monster in law.
    Jean must realize she is not above the law & elder abuse is punishable by substantial prison time.
    Casey's wishes must be fully respected by law regardless of Jean's greedy gold digging actions.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Daddy's girl

    I also wasn't aloud to see my father , it's a shame how step parents hate their spouses kids so much . My father was worth millions $ . He was manipulated into putting he assets into his sisters name and the ex step mother , they told my father they had changed they were Christian's and they would make sure his kids were taking care of . We were never ever giving anything of my Dads nothing "...... It's all greed and all about money . I think all assets of anyone with $ it should got to the kids not the evil step parents or other relatives . I beleave it's time to change the laws and protect kids with rich parents. If my Father had nothing they would of never ever wanted him around .

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