Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

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Radio personality Casey Kasem has been taken off life support after a judge ruled Wednesday that daughter Kerri Kasem could start withholding medication, food and fluids.

Mr. Kasem, 82, is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, sepsis and dementia, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Kerri wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday.

“For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering,” she wrote in a later post. “The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process. My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him. My Dad IS on pain meds.”

Mr. Kasem’s wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, pleaded with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy to restore food and fluids to her husband, and she reportedly stormed out of the courtroom after the judge issued his ruling in Kerri’s favor.

Jean and her stepdaughter Kerri have been fighting in court since May over Mr. Kasem’s care. Kerri has temporary authority to make medical decisions for her father.

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