Legendary Casey Kasem, who died in June of this year, held many positions in the entertainment industry but perhaps was best-known for his American Top 40 radio countdown program, which he started in 1970.
He was also famous for his distinctive voice and held a renowned place in radio history. He retired in 2009 due to his struggle with Parkinson's disease.
Casey Kasem's last years were also famous, but unsavory reasons that weren't associated with his many achievements. As he lived his last months and days, news stories flourished about the acrimony between his daughter Kerri Kasem and his wife (Kerri's stepmother), Jean.
Unfortunate Fight Over Visitation Overshadowed Kasem's Last Days
Kerri accused Jean of elder abuse while also fighting for the right to see her dying father. Two weeks before Casey Kasem died at the age of 82, authorities removed him from his wife's care and admitted him to the hospital with an infected bedsore.
Kerri is now taking her personal fight to an even greater public platform. She has aligned herself with California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto to author a new bill titled the Parental Access Legislation. The bill would protect children from earlier marriages from being prohibited from seeing a parent by the spouse or child from a later marriage.
What Kerri discovered during the final years of her father's life was that adult children don't have the legal right to visit an acutely ill or dying parent, especially if a stepparent bars access.