Casey Kasem is 81 years old and suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease, but as the Top 40 icon ails a feud is breaking out within his family.
On Tuesday Kasem’s three oldest children held a public protest outside his gated estate. They claim that their stepmother, Jean Kasem, won’t let them see their father.
“My dad is very sick, and we have been completely shut off from him for the last three months,” Kerri Kasem, 41, said. “There is no money issue here, we just want to see our dad. We love him, and everyone knows his kids and grandkids are a source of joy for him.”
The group of protesters, which also included some co-workers and elderly friends of Casey Kasem, held signs that read “Let Casey See His Kids,” and “Why?”
Jean Kasem called police on the group.
Kerri said she believes the isolation is making her father’s condition worsen, and just wants to see Casey.
She added that it’s not about money. All of Casey’s children have personal trust funds and they’re financially secure, and don’t want to make any changes to his will.
“Look, people fight and they don’t like each other, and that’s fine. But it’s cruel to keep us from seeing our dad,” she told the New York Daily News. “We don’t want any money from Jean. We don’t care about that. We were raised well, and we support ourselves.”
Earlier this year Casey Kasem and his wife put the Los Angeles estate up for sale for $42 million. The mansion has seven bathrooms, 11.5 baths, a library, bar, hair salon, and a heart-shaped pool.