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    Casey Kasem in critical condition

    Anybody who grew up watching Scooby-Doo cartoons has heard the voice of Casey Kasem.

    Casey did the voice of Shaggy for 40 years, and was the host of the radio show "American Top 40."

    Sadly, it appears that his life is now coming to an end.

    In addition, members of his family have been fighting with each other for months. It's an extremely sad situation.

    https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/rep...xTOmkA9.bQtDMD

    "Casey Kasem's wife Jean is under criminal investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department for alleged elder abuse, according to a report by TMZ.

    Casey's daughter Kerri contacted the authorities and claimed that the life-threatening bedsore Casey is suffering from was caused by Jean taking the radio legend out of a care facility and moving him around from state to state.

    According to the report, Kerri has medical documents that show the injury was inflicted during the trip and later became infected and 'ultimately life-threatening.'

    Kasem is currently near death, resting in hospice care and his children were given the go-ahead from a judge this week to take him off life support when the time comes."

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    It's even more sad that he has dementia. I just dealt with that with my mother and it is awful to watch.

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    Casey Kasem won't resume artificial feeding and fluids, judge rules, reversing prior ruling - NY Daily News

    “Nobody wants Mr. Kasem to die. This is without question the most difficult thing I have ever had to do and Kerri has had to do,” Martin told the judge Wednesday.
    He said doctors at St. Anthony’s did try artificial hydration, and “it resulted in Mr. Kasem almost drowning.”
    “This is very, very heart-wrenching,” Martin said. “(Mr. Kasem) is receiving morphine drips. Dehydration might be a terrible way to die, but he’s receiving medication to keep him comfortable.”
    Casey Kasem, the voice of Shaggy on the TV cartoon “Scooby Doo,” is in the late stages of Lewy Body Disease, a progressive form of dementia that robs many patients of the ability to walk and talk.
    Ted S. Warren/AP Jean Kasem (c.) waits with her attorney Joel Paget (r.) and her daughter, Liberty Kasem (l.), before appearing in court on May 30.
    He was admitted into intensive care June 1 in critical condition with an infection related to a “serious” bed sore, the hospital said in a statement last week.
    “We have tried everything to keep him alive. We did put him back on fluids, but we had to take him off again because his lungs were filling up. It sounded like he was drowning. It was excruciating to watch,” Kerri, 41, told the Daily News Monday.
    “The feeding was backing up because he can’t digest,” she said, her voice choking with emotion. “This is breaking my heart. We’re been trying for nine days to keep him alive. There’s nothing we want more than for our dad to be here with us.”
    His dear kids are in such a tough situation. They simply can't do anything more for him and even though the doctors have advised he no longer receive fluids . He has been such a part of our lives that it is like losing our own family member.

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    Casey Kasem's daughter explains end-of-life decision for her father - CBS News

    Kerri Kasem said the judge's decision goes along with her father's wishes and that the goal is to keep the 82-year-old from suffering more pain.
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    "For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering. The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process," she wrote. "My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him. My Dad IS on pain meds."
    She added that the court's decision "upheld our father's explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive."



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    R.I.P. Casey.

    You will be missed by millions of people.

    https://music.yahoo.com/news/casey-k...151007000.html

    Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

    Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. on Father's Day morning surrounded by family and friends at a Washington state hospital.

    "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," wrote his daughter Kerri Kasem on Twitter and Facebook from the family. "The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our dad."

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    Re: Casey Kasem in critical condition

    Quote Originally Posted by Whip View Post
    It's even more sad that he has dementia. I just dealt with that with my mother and it is awful to watch.
    Something which, unless experienced, is almost impossible to describe and impossible to imagine.

    My heart and thoughts go out to Caseys' family and friends and his millions of listeners.
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    Re: Casey Kasem in critical condition

    I can remember listening to the top forty countdown with my cassette player/radio combo waiting for Casey to play my favorite songs so I could hit record. Many of those had a little cut of his voice as I had to guess they were coming up, it was miles from the digital age. Then of course the long distance dedication, where I always hoped a girl I met on a family vacation would be thinking of me.

    Having cared for parents with Dementia and dealing with some other end of life issues I think this highlights the importance of very explicitly spelling out your wishes before getting ill. Withholding treatment is seldom an easy decision, and I don't think the courtroom or arguing with family makes it any easier.
    Last edited by ribshaw; 06-16-2014 at 09:42 AM.
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