Casey Kasem’s widow suing local hospital for medical records

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Jean and Casey Kasem

Jean and Casey Kasem on Nov. 10, 2003, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The widow of radio legend Casey Kasem is suing a hospital in Washington state for the medical records from the last weeks of his life.

The News Tribune reports that Jean Kasem’s lawsuit filed earlier this month in Pierce County Superior Court seeks medical records of medications and people who visited him.

Casey Kasem died June 15 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. The 82-year-old’s death followed a lengthy battle over his care between his wife and his three adult children from his first marriage.

Jean Kasem’s lawyer, Lance Hester, says his client’s stepdaughter Kerri Kasem had taken control her father’s health care.

Hospital spokeswoman Mary Getchell says privacy law prevents her from discussing a specific case, but generally the hospital could turn over records to authorized relatives.

A hearing is set for April.

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