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As a court-ordered investigator tries to track down ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, his daughter spoke with Closer Weekly, telling the publication she saw her father last week and then his wife abruptly moved him to an unknown location.
Kerri Kasem said she and sister Julie saw their father on on May 6 with the help of an attorney.
“They let me and my sister in to see him and it was a wonderful visit. My dad said, ‘I love you,’” she said. “Dad was animated. He was smiling. He moved his arms a little bit. He knew we were there.
“When we went to leave, we said, ‘Dad, we’ll be back soon. We’ll be back soon.’ That’s when he looked up at us and was able to say the word, ‘When?’ We said, ‘Dad, as soon as we can.’”
Kerri Kasem said after the visit, his wife Jean Kasem moved the former radio host in the middle of the night.
“She had no authority as a healthcare agent or his wife to move him out of the facility without a doctor's consent,” Kerri Kasem's attorney, Martha Patterson, told Closer. “I cannot imagine someone in his condition being carried out without proper medical equipment.”
Kasem, 82, suffers from Lewy Body disease, according to a rep for his family, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife.
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.
Casey Kasem gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," and was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.