June 17th, 2014
11:22 AM ET

Mike Kasem Speaks Out About Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem, who entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," died early Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Kerri Kasem.

His son, Mike, described the character of his famous father that fans may not have seen on "New Day" Tuesday.

Mike said as much as his father worked,  he was always there for his family.

"This man just cared so much about his family, his friends, people around him. He put them first."

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  1. Shemp9971

    Even Yoko Ono would be appalled at Jean's behavior. Yoko and Courtney Love have nothing on Jean Kasem.

    June 29, 2014 at 7:25 am | Reply
  2. L.R.

    Sadly, money does strange things to people. Jean is sick and selfish. I concur with every comment posted above.

    June 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  3. Nancy

    Love the Kasem children for standing so strong during this very difficult time. I hope they do pursue the elder abuse charges and Jean is locked up or loses much of her inheritance.

    June 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  4. Nicole

    Casey's kids showed such Grace and dignity unlike Jean and Liberty who came off as sneaky and cruel.
    I hope his kids contest the Will. That was their father and they deserve something

    June 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  5. Rob

    Casey would be proud of his children. Those three are the most loyal you'll ever find.

    June 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  6. Becky

    I can feel this families pain. I also had a stepmonster that completely alienated and manipulated my father after they were married. He even denied that my sister was his biological daughter. We had DNA done to prove we were full siblings. These step people can be the cruelest. My father and stepmonster met in their 40's and had no children together, however she had three with her previous husband. When my father died we had to get separate visitation at the funeral home in order to have some kind of closure. We were not allowed at their home and we got no inheritance. The steps inherited everything which is the reason the stepmonster married him to begin with. She brought nothing to the marriage and moved into his home and always worked on him to meet her preferences and succeeded. I hope their will be a special place for these people on the other side! This happens more often than you think. The Kasem's are just on a national platform.

    June 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  7. Val

    God Bless Casey and Kerri and Mike! I so admire Kerri for her grace and determination to see her father and get him the care he so desperately needed. Casey deep in his soul knew Jean is demented and that is why he had Kerri legally take care of his final wishes. Jean is mentally ill and caused Kerri and Mike so much grief. But God gave them their father at his end, which is what he wanted. Jean needs to see a doctor and be ashamed of herself!

    June 18, 2014 at 10:36 am | Reply
  8. Denise

    Why would you need a contract to see your father, what was she afraid of?

    June 18, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Nicole

      Good question, what was Jean afraid of. IMO Jean was afraid her affair would be discovered or something else she did to Casey that she didn't want communicated to his friends or family. It's really shady and if I were Casey's kids I would not let that undeserving woman walk off into the sunset with over 80million of Casey's hard earned money to spend on plastic surgery and a younger boyfriend! No way I hope these kids fight the will!

      June 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  9. Sabrina

    My heart goes out to the Kasem children. My family experienced the same thing when my father remarried after our mom passed on. Our father passed away with the same health issues as Mr. Kasem (Parkinsons and Dementia) 2011. His only wish was for his services to be held in our home town, but she decided that's not what SHE wanted. So, we didn't even get to have a proper goodbye for our father.

    June 18, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
  10. A M

    OH my we went through the same thing with my sister and shame on his wife i loss a sister 6 1 2012 from cancer& brain cancer and two of her kids stop my mom whom was so close with my sister as i was they took from us the moments while my sister was able to talk we lost the chance to express our love end .shame shame shame .

    June 18, 2014 at 12:48 am | Reply
  11. woosmama

    Mike said it all!

    June 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  12. MusicMakesMe

    He's beautiful .. Just like his dad !! Hope there will be peace in their heart..that they were able to spend some time with him recently! Peace be with you!

    June 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  13. Debbie

    The Kasem children from Casey's first marriage have behaved admirably during this very difficult time. They have repeatedly stated they were not seeking money but only wanted to see their dad. They have not spoken poorly about Jean other than stating that they were never "welcome". It appears that his second wife, Jean isolated him from both his family and friends over the last few years. In addition to this being heart wrenching for his kids and long time friends, poor Casey was not able to communicate his wishes as he was unable to speak. I wonder what "reason" Jean will give as to why his friends were not welcome to visit. For an Amazonian,, middle aged woman who continues to inappropriately display her oversized assets....she is a very SMALL person..

    June 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  14. John Bogulski

    I Grow up listening to Casy Kasum his Caseys Top 40 Program every Sunday morning I I joyed listening to his Requstes Thank you Casey for all that you have don R.I.P your in a better place now peace to your family

    June 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  15. LoverOfLife

    Mike, what a story to the end of a major player in the radio industry and for the music acts that have entertained us for almost all of our lives. I'm 51 Mike and I will go on forever never forgetting your family or your Dad. God Bless You All. I'm sure he is smiling down at you.

    June 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply

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