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48 HOURS
Air Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "The Mysterious Death of Casey Kasem"
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MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AFTER LEGENDARY RADIO BROADCASTER CASEY KASEM DIED, HIS WIFE, JEAN, REVEALS FOR THE FIRST TIME HER SIDE OF THE STORY IN "48 HOURS: THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF CASEY KASEM"

Peter Van Sant Reports on a Family Feud Involving the Battle for Kasem's Fortune and Pending Wrongful Death Suits

Saturday, Nov. 24, 10:00 PM, ET/PT

More than four years after radio legend Casey Kasem died, his wife, Jean Kasem, reveals for the first time her version of her husband's final days; levels allegations of murder in a lawsuit; and discusses a heated family feud, in "The Mysterious Death of Casey Kasem" to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 24 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

At the top of his career, Kasem was larger-than-life and heard by millions around the world as the host of the music countdown show "American Top 40" and as the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon classic "Scooby Doo."

After his passing on Father's Day, June 15, 2014, the feud turned nuclear as both sides accused each other of hastening his death, as they battled over his enormous estate and his final resting place.

"They killed my husband," Jean Kasem tells Peter Van Sant. "They killed their father... "

"Jean killed my father," counters Kerri Kasem, one of Kasem's three adult children, adding, "What she did led to his death."

The Kasem family drama rivals anything Hollywood could create. It includes infighting, intrigue, cash, and maybe murder.

In 2014 Casey Kasem was dying of a Parkinson's-like disease. At the time his estate was estimated to be worth between $80-100 million. His family - Jean on one side and his adult children on the other - went to war over the money.

Jean Kasem says her husband's children, Kerri, Julie and Michael, were only after his money and that eventually her husband cut them off financially.

"It was always all about the money," she says. "We became the bank of Kasem - we were the personal ATM machine."

She claims the children were furious and initiated a premeditated plan that led to their father's death.

Kerri Kasem and her siblings say it's not true.

"The only thing she ever wanted from my dad is money," Kerri Kasem says. "That's it."

"Dad once told me," Kerri Kasem tells Van Sant, "don't ever go up against Jean. You don't know what she's capable of."

Jean Kasem reveals to Van Sant how she moved her ailing husband from a rehab facility in Santa Monica, Calif., to a friend's home in Silverdale, Wash. They visit that home, where Casey spent some of his final days. She claims she had to move him there to "protect her husband."

Then, Jean Kasem says, his children found them and forced him into a hospital where he was ultimately taken off of life support and died.

But Kerri Kasem says it's not true. She and her siblings blame her father's death on Jean's actions. Kerri had a court order that allowed her to take her father to a hospital for care. When Casey arrived at the hospital, his diagnosis was grim. 48 HOURS obtained hospital records indicating that Casey had a stage three ulcer of his back and had suffered septic shock, respiratory failure and a host of other ailments.

Casey's youngest daughter from his first marriage, Julie Kasem, tells 48 HOURS: "He was ... extremely thin. His face was sunken in."

Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their stepmother, Jean Kasem. Jean has filed a countersuit against her husband's adult children for the same reasons.

"What she did to my dad was elder abuse," says Julie Kasem. "Straight and simple."

What really led to Kasem's death? This is for certain: While his living relatives continue in a seemingly never-ending battle over his estate, Kasem's body rests in an unmarked grave in Oslo, Norway.

Van Sant and 48 HOURS explore the host's life, death and legacy in "The Mysterious Death of Casey Kasem," which is produced by Chuck Stevenson and Resa Matthews. Alicia Tejada is the field producer. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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48 HOURS (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/19/88 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2019)
TIME SLOT:
saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
31 (??? episodes)
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DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, May 2018) SATURDAYS - CBS' Saturday night lineup features CRIMETIME SATURDAY, encore broadcasts of the Network's popular dramas at 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM, followed by 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports series, at 10:00 PM.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bill Lagattuta as Correspondent
· Erin Moriarty as Correspondent
· Harold Dow as Correspondent
· Maureen Maher as Correspondent
· Peter Van Sant as Correspondent
· Richard Schlesinger as Correspondent
· Susan Spencer as Correspondent
· Troy Roberts as Correspondent
CREW INFORMATION:
· Rob Klug as DIR
· Susan Zirinsky as EP
GENRE(S):
· newsmagazine
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· CBS News