Family: Casey Kasem can't speak, not allowed to see children
Children, friends protest outside home
Last Updated: 64 days ago
LOS ANGELES - Widely remembered as the host of American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, Casey Kasem can no longer speak because of Parkinson's disease and has been shut out from his family, his children say.
Kasem, 81, is in declining health. His children said they haven't seen him for months, his brother has been shut out for a year and many of his friends haven't been in contact with him for longer than that, KABC reported.
Kasem's children and friends protested outside his California estate Tuesday and took their own video to spread their message.
"My father has advanced Parkinson's to the point that he is unable to voice his opinions," one of the children told ABC, speaking on behalf of all three children from his first marriage.
Kerri Kasem said her father's wife, Jean Kasem, won't answer phone calls and tells them to leave when they show up at the home.
"He can't really speak, but he knows we're there," Kerri Kasem said. "Last time we saw him, he could shuffle a little bit. He had a hard, very hard time walking. He was just deteriorating due to Parkinson's disease."
"I've got a feeling I might not see him again, and that's why I'm here," said Mouner Kasem, Casey's brother.
Casey's children and brother said they don't have a relationship with Jean Kasem, an actress who played on "Cheers."
"Casey, we are your voice now," read one of the protest signs.
"We fear that he's been isolated and neglected, and so that's why we stand here today," said Gonzalo Venecia, Casey's former personal assistant for 24 years.
The children said the dispute is not about money and that they are independently wealthy.
"We don't want to see him go and not say goodbye and not love him and not support him," Kerri Kasem said. "We don't know how long he has."
KABC and ABC News left a message for Jean Kasem but said they hadn't heard back.
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