Radio icon Casey Kasem found in Wash. state

Longtime former American Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem has been located in Washington state, his family said, according to a statement released by his daughter's publicist.

Deputies in Washington state said Kasem was visiting friends with his wife when they found him. Officials described him as alert and well, but children said they have "grave concerns about his health and will do everything in their power to bring him back home," said a statement posted on Facebook from Danny Deraney, Kerri Kasem's publicist.

The 82-year-old has advanced Parkinson's and can no longer speak.

A judge on Monday had ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of the famed radio countdown host, 82, as it emerged he had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.

Kasem's children have been battling for some time over their father with his wife. The former radio host has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.

On Monday, the DJ's daughter Kerri Kasem was named temporary conservator of her dad. She said then she believed Jean Kasem knew that would happen in court and fled the country with her husband. After learning that her father had been found in Washington, Kerri posted on Facebook, "We are grateful to the local authorities for finding my Dad. We are one step closer to bringing him home."

A hearing on June 20 will decide whether his daughter's conservatorship will become permanent.

Casey Kasem gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40, and was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon Scooby-Doo.

Contributing: Associated Press


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