Kerri Kasem Reflects On Casey Kasem's Final Moments
Kerri Kasem Reflects On Casey Kasem's Final Moments
Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, opens up to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live about the passing of her father and the public battle between her siblings and Casey’s widow, Jean. When did the animosity start between Jean and the kids? Plus, what are the details surrounding Kerri being named Casey’s medical conservator? And, how grateful is Kerri that she was with her dad in his final moments?
When did the acrimony begin? When did the relationship with Jean fall apart or was it toxic from the beginning. Well she didn't want us at the wedding. She made it very clear. I was 9. Hl,8 and we were not allowed at the wedding. Why. Were you 9. Yes. None of use. Why what was the reason. She wanted to keep the family sprachlt I know my dad felt really bad about it. I think she's insecure. This is going to get better. It's going to get better. It never did. Never did. Any part of you wish that your dad, you know put his fat down and said Jean that's my first responsibility. This is I'm sorry secondary You know I was angry for a very long time about that. I was upset with him. I blamed him for a lot and then, you know, we all make I don't want to say mistake but that was, he chose that. I had to respect that. He chose her as his wife. And I had to let that go because it was killing me in the anger and I just loved him for who he was and the decisions he made. Yes at the end he did sign in 2007 a durable power of health to me and my sister and her husband and my brother so we would make health decisions when he got sick enough because I think he knew that something may go on like this. Jean did this to the her mother. Hid her mother from 8 siblings that she has and when she got sick they couldn't see her and when she died they didn't know and I don't know if they know where she is buried. So he saw this. And he was a little worried. When you got up there to Seattle and you got, you were granted the rights to become the medical conservetor and you got contrgot control of your father, what did you see in front of you? Was it the same dad? Did he recognize you? Well, when I saw him on may 6th after not seeing him for 5 months because she had moved him is I think 7 different times pshtion so I did get a visit with him and that's when she pulled him out of the home she put him in at 2:30 in the morning. When I did see him that day he was absolutely cognizant, completely aware of who my sister and I were. When we put my brother on Skype from Singapore he absolutely knew who it was. He tawchblingtd he could talk a little bit. So he was there. Completely there. He didn't have any infection in him. He didn't have a bed soar and then she ripped him out of there two weeks later I saw him and it was not good. It was he was going downhill fast. And he was in a lot of pain. And very sick. Did he say anything to you? It wasn't like before. Like he did say I love you. That was the last time I heard him talk. What was the final moment with your father? Were you there when he passed over. I was there when he took his last breath. It was you are going to make me cry. It was so gritful I could be there. With him. I was just so happy he didn't die alone in a nursing home and not thinking anybody loved him because she didn't visit him in the nursing home. So it was very. Were you holding hand. Everybody. His brother my aunt, my sister my brother one of his best friends we were all there. We all had our hands on him. So. No jean.icm We kept thinking he was waiting for her to come t.so we kept asking her to come. But. Part of you probably that's being a bigger person because it has been acrimonious. I don't like her but that's my dad's wichlt he loved her and this was for my dated. Not for us. Had nothing to do with us. We kept saying pus. We kept saying please come. Call her and say please call. Call her attorney. Is she coming. Please have her come. And in fact it was court ordered that she was allowed to be there she said they didn't want us there. Kept turning Aus way. Not true at all. We kept thinking he was waiting for her so spl we we just kept asking but it didn't happen. Silver lining in your life right now that you got a chance with your brother, sisterswith your brother, sisters, uncle everybody together to be there for him in his last moment and have that because if you weren't, I would think all of this could be just too much to take. To be with my daddy still think I was really for myself if I knew he died alone and I didn't at least try and at least give the all that I hadleast give the all that I had, I don't know if dshs I would have regretted it the rest of my life. What is Jean beef. Why isn't she showing up. She's claiming it's over money. What is she saying at the end. She hasn't buried him yet I don't think. And she has, you gave the body to her. We didn't argue with her. We didn't argue. But this isn't a surprise to any of us. Not at all. Private service for family. Is that enough for you or as medical conservetor can you mandate a burial. No I can't. Contorship ended when he died. But we had a beautiful memorial. All of his best friends and his family and it was it was wonderful. It was beautiful. It was something he would want because he likes intimate and private and never a big glitzy guy. Keri you are something do you mind staying for a little bit. Not at all. Couple more quest. Thank you for sharing all of this. More with Keri after these Keri kasem right there protesting out in front of the case em cares. This is when you couldn't get in to see your father. Late great father Casey kasem died less than a month ago. Yes. So protesting out there. What for? This is before the court case. Beforecase. Before anything happened. This was three months of my stepmother not returning phone calls. Not returning e-mails. Just completely blocking us from seeing our father who we saw every single week who we talked every day on the phone until he lost his voice. She then uses cut him off. When he was too weak to get up and say take me to my kids or couldn't pick up the phone any more she completely cut us off from him. So I said enough is enough and I we know and I talked, his friends was cut off for two years. We years. We have to do something. Show we mean business. I didn't want to go to court and do this. Maybe we can embarrass her into letting us see dad so we don't take it farther. All stabbed throughout with signs saying please let us see dad. Why won't you let us see my father. We love you Casey. We stood out there and I also wanted about, wanted to show people that it wasn't just the kids against the step mom. Step mom against the kids. She didn't let any of his friends and family. Everyone was blocked. It wasn't just the kids. Whether do you want to come out of the kasem care. I started this foundation after I go went public I got hundreds of letters from people around the country I'm in your same shoe I can't believe this. I thought it was only me. I'm hopeless helpless. I don't have 100,000 dollars to go for a contorship. 100,000 dollars for conservetorship doesn't start doesn't mane you get visitation. Sou why can't the judge just rule on visitation? Why do you have to go with conservetorship or durable power of happy. They said there is no law that allow as judge to rule on visitation. So I went to Sacramento I said let's get a law started.let's get a law started. And I, I just started talking to people and Mike grotto heard about my plight assemblyman Mike said let's do this. So he created a bill and www. It would allow a judge to rule on visitation. That's it. Say good to the ailing parent and say would you like to see your kid. That person says yes, boom. Person says no. Then that's it then if there's if they can't talk if they are unable to speak you look at the child parent relationship and you get visitation off that. It's that simple. And it's so far passed the assembly unanimously. 3 different votes an went through the accept at unanimously. One more senate vote goes back to the assembly and we have got a bill. About your father being buried. You don't know. I don't know. Haven't spoken to Jean at all it's in her hands right. Do you plan on following up with her trying to call or is that just a waste of time. Fu4snky it's not going to happen. I hope he gets buried where he want the to be buried. Which is where. Forest lawn he toll his friend Mike he said mike think forest lawn would be a nice place and Mike said I'll take care of all the cost Casey. I will take care of all the cost. So money she's worried about or. I doubt that. She has everything. He left everything to her didn't he. Not you guys. We have a trust from 30 years ago. So that's what my dad said that's what you get okay. We are fought going to go and contest the will and. If he left us something in the will, great. We are not going after it. Really that's not part Really that's not part of it. No. No. It's love of your dad and seeing him all the way through. That's right. Keri thank you. Lovely. Thank you investment as a young guy too the I have a radio show. I have been doing forever and I, I got into radio listening to your dad. It was just one of the great highlights of my life. Every weekend make sure to catch Casey kasem. Thank U that's why I'm in it. He said you should try radio. For awhile I balked and no no no I did it this is where I belong. I love radio. Where can we find you on the radio. Find me locally on my gosh. Kbc. 7 90. That also station. K ABC. Yes. I actually quit my syndicated talk radio show. 1 for 4 and a half years quit it to do the bill in Sacramento and be with my dad. Good things to come for you.