Three of the late Casey Kasem‘s children and his brother filed a wrongful death suit against his widow, Jean Kasem, on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to the death of the longtime American Top 40 radio host.

Kasem’s Kids File Wrongful Death Suit Against Stepmom

“Casey’s early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean’s neglect and physical abuse of Casey,” the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, states. Kasem, who suffered from dementia in his later years, died last year. It was revealed that he also had a severe bedsore that had gone untreated.

Earlier this year prosecutors decided against charging Jean with elder abuse, prompting Kasem’s children, Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem, and his brother Mouner, to file the civil suit. They are seeking $250,000 in compensation.

The suit accuses Jean of repeated neglect of Kasem in the months leading up to his death. It states the plaintiffs seek “fair recompense for the suffering they personally endured from witnessing the abuse and its painful and damaging physical effect on their beloved father and brother, and the gross treatment and disposition of Casey Kasem’s remains in an unmarked grave in a distant land unknown to him or his family.”


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Casey and Jean Casem were married for more than 30 years. Kerri, Julie and Michael are children from a previous marriage.

Jean Casem has yet to release a statement on this latest development.



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