Casey Kasem Kin Will Share Hospital Records With Widow
December 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM (PT)
Apparently, the long-awaited burial of CASEY KASEM's body (NET NEWS, 12/23) has done little to put the legal battles over his affairs to bed. The children of the late radio icon CASEY KASEM said they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow JEAN KASEM, who is suing a hospital in WASHINGTON state to learn more about the last weeks of his life, according to a report in THE NEWS TRIBUNE.
The records will show all necessary precautions were taken to preserve KASEM’s life and allow him to die comfortably, his daughters KERRI and JULIE and son MIKE said in a statement issued through their lawyer TROY MARTIN. The statement came in response to a lawsuit by their stepmother seeking records from ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL in GIG HARBOR, WA, where the “American Top 40” host died last JUNE at 82.
JEAN KASEM’s lawsuit seeks his entire medical record, including his medical charts, lab results, billing records, notes, medications prescribed, and log of people who visited him.
“The KASEM children are happy to provide her with all such records in their possession,” the statement said. “These records indisputably show that MR. KASEM was extremely ill when admitted to ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL on JUNE 1st, 2014. These records also demonstrate that KERRI KASEM, as the court-appointed conservator of the person, authorized an aggressive course of treatment to combat the life-threatening infections MR. KASEM had developed while under MRS. KASEM’s care.”
The statement went on to say that physicians at the hospital recommended that KASEM undertake hospice care so that he might die comfortably.
“When CASEY entered the hospital, there was no expectation he had only a couple of weeks of life left to live,” said JEAN KASEM’s attorney LANCE HSETER. “When he perished, his wife was never given any sort of explanation.”
Privacy laws forbid talking about a specific patient, but the hospital is generally required to turn over records to someone who proves they are authorized to have them.
A court hearing is scheduled for APRIL