Kerri Kasem talked earlier this week about her father Casey Kasem's final moments. She shared some of these most private details with Access Hollywood's Kit Hoover and Billy Bush on Monday. She had spoken earlier with the ladies on The View about her father's passing and the ordeal that preceded his last days as well.
Kerri told Gina and Billy about seeing her dad back in May for the first time in several months.
"When I saw him on May 6, after not seeing him for five months because [his widow Jean] had moved him, I think, seven different times. So I did get a visit with him and that's when she pulled him out of the home she put him in at 2:30 in the morning. When I did see him that day he was absolutely cognizant, completely aware of who my sister and I were... he talked a little bit, so he was there, completely there, he didn't have any infection in him, he didn't have a bed sore and then she ripped him out of there. Two weeks later I saw him and it was not good. He was going downhill fast," she said.
Fast forward next to just a little more than a month later--on June 15th, the day Casey Kasem passed away.
"He was in a lot of pain and he was very sick... He did say, 'I love you,' and that was the last time I heard him talk," Kerri Kasem explained. "I was there when he took his last breath... I was just so grateful that I could be there with him. I was just so happy that he didn't die alone in a nursing home and not thinking that anybody loved him."
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Less than a month later Kerri is planning to help others seek visitation rights of sick family members through the Kasem Cares Foundation--in memory of the American Top 40 icon.
"The Kasem Cares foundation I started because after I went public with this I got hundreds of letters from people around the country... I kept thinking why can't a judge just rule on visitation? Why do you have to go with a conservatorship and durable power of health? And they said there's no law that allows a judge to rule on visitation, so I went to Sacramento. I said let's get a law started [that would] allow a judge to rule on visitation... go to the ailing parent and say, 'Would you like to see your kids?' If that person says yes, boom, if the person says no, then that's it."
Kudos to Kerri Kasem for working on behalf of others who might lose out on valuable time with sick loved ones. Casey Kasem no doubt knew of her actions in the last weeks of his life and was surely very proud of her. She will never regret her decision to fight for her and her sibling's rights to see their ailing father.
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