Kerri Kasem will oversee the care given to her 82-year-old
father said Danny Deraney, a representative for the deejay's
three children from his first marriage.
The deejay's health care and visitation rights has been at the
center of a legal tussle between his children from his first
marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean
Kasem, with whom he has one child, Liberty.
Kasem was admitted to a Washington state hospital earlier this
week in critical condition, suffering from an infected bed sore.
Deraney said the deejay's health was declining on Friday.
"If he opens his eyes, I want my Dad just once to see everyone
standing around him, putting our differences aside and let him
know how much he is loved by everyone, including Jean and
Liberty," Kerri Kasem said in a statement.
Kasem, most famous for his weekly top 40 countdown radio show
and as the voice of Shaggy on the "Scooby-Doo" cartoons, suffers
from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia with symptoms similar
to Parkinson's disease and hallucinations.
The legal battle between the deejay's family members escalated
earlier in May when Kerri Kasem and her sister filed court
papers saying that they did not know his whereabouts.
Several days later, sheriff's deputies in Kitsap County located
him and Jean Kasem there. Further proceedings in the case are
scheduled for late June.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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