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Casey Kasem's Family Feuds as Radio Legend Suffers Parkinson's

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 09:47 AM

Family and friends of legendary "American Top 40" host Casey Kasem took the unusual step of holding a protest in front of the star's home near Beverly Hills in hopes of seeing the retired DJ who is suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Protesters showed up with signs at the Kasem mansion in Holmby Hills and shot footage of the event, KABC-TV reported. They claim Kasem's wife, Jean, has shut off her husband, 81, from visitors. 

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Kasem's brother Mouner and his children from his first marriage to Linda Myers admitted they have an estranged relationship with Jean Kasem, but they say they're concerned for the star's health. 

Kerri Kasem, one of Kasem's daughters, told KABC-TV that she wants to see her ailing father.

"He can't really speak, but he knows we're there," Kerri Kasem said. "And last time we saw him, he could shuffle a little bit. He had a hard, very hard, time walking. He was just deteriorating due to Parkinson's disease."

"I've got a feeling I might not see him again, and that's why I'm here," Mouner Kasem added.

Jean Kasem did not respond to request for an interview with KABC-TV.

In April the couple put their estate on the market for $42 million. The 12,000-sq.-foot home has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and has hosted numerous celebrity gatherings.

Kasem, who is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, retired from radio in 2009. Weekly rebroadcasts of his "American Top 40" shows from the 1970s and 1980s air in more than 200 radio markets. 

Along with being the voice behind "American Top 40," Kasem, born Kemal Amin Kasem, was one of the busiest voice-over men in Hollywood, known best for his voice of Shaggy in the long-running cartoon series "Scooby-Doo."

Jean Kasem, an actress, is best known for her stint as the character Loretta Tortelli in the series "Cheers" and its 1987 spinoff "The Tortellis."

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