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Court Rules to Suspend Infusions for Voice Icon Casey Kasem

Transformers News: Court Rules to Suspend Infusions for Voice Icon Casey Kasem

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 11:33PM CDT

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A judge in Los Angeles, CA has ruled to allow Casey Kasem's daughter, Karri Kasem, the authority to suspend infusions of water, food, and medications for her ailing father. In a reversal of the court's previous decision, the judge ruled in accordance with a power of attorney statement which was signed by Kasem in 2007, declaring that he did not want to be kept alive,"any form of life sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration" if it "would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope of normal functioning."

The judge's decision was based on the recommendations of Kasem's doctor and reviews of his medical records, which indicate that the infusions are not helpful to Kasem's continued health and may be doing him harm. While originally diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Kasem's diagnosis was later changed to Lewy body dementia, which is incurable and can lead to progressive dementia, fluctuating cognition, hallucinations, and a variety of other symptoms.

While we all remember Casey Kasem in part for voicing Teletraan I, Cliffjumper, and Bluestreak in the G1 series, he was perhaps most famous for his hosting of America's Top 40 from July 1970 to August 1988, and again from March 1998 to January 2004. In addition, Kasem was the voice of Shaggy in many iterations of Scooby Doo. He also did voice work in many other movies and TV shows, including Ghostbusters, Hawaii Five-O, Sesame Street, Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.
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Re: Court Rules to Suspend Infusions for Voice Icon Casey Kasem (1581329)
Posted by Flashwave on June 11th, 2014 @ 11:39pm CDT
Well, that's a shame, in that we'll all miss hearing his talents, but if those are his wishes, and if he is a soul trapped in a withering body, then god bless and god speed, and thank you for making childhoods a little brighter Mr. Kasem.
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Posted by welcometothedarksyde on June 11th, 2014 @ 11:41pm CDT
Sad that his involvement in Transformers ended on such a sour note, but he'll always live on in his many roles
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on June 12th, 2014 @ 2:08am CDT
well thats sad news, between cartoons & the radio i heard this guy throughout most of my life. Cliffjumper you and your talents will be missed
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Posted by Ravage XK on June 12th, 2014 @ 3:03am CDT
Had no idea he was ill. Very sad news. I watched Ghostbusters on Sunday and noticed his short cameo. A distinctive voice, no other Shaggy seems quite right.
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Posted by dragons on June 12th, 2014 @ 6:03am CDT
Sucks miss talent scooby movies still going on wander who will replace him ormaybe they will scooby movies, would have like to meet guy
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Posted by MightyMagnus78 on June 12th, 2014 @ 8:15am CDT
Really sad to hear this, such a great voice actor.
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Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2014 @ 8:37am CDT
Looks like he's on his last limb, guys. Times have been pretty rough for him lately what with his going missing for a while and his wife and daughter fighting each other over the proper care for him, worsening his condition further. I don't think he'll make it that much longer. :-s
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Posted by rpetras on June 12th, 2014 @ 8:59am CDT
The world will be a little darker with the passing of this man.

He truly is an icon of my childhood.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
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Posted by Autobot tap out on June 12th, 2014 @ 12:15pm CDT
He will be missed by all his fans whether Scooby doo or transformers, he will be missed :sad:
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Posted by EunuchRon on June 12th, 2014 @ 12:20pm CDT
'Till all are one, Casey. :-(
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Posted by Emerje on June 12th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
Sad news, really going to miss his voice.

I do want to point out, though, speaking as someone who has been working exclusively with dementia patients for the past 17+ years, he isn't dying from his dementia, it doesn't really matter what for he has. It's the complications that result from the dementia like stroke, heart attack, organ failure, starvation, dehydration, and accidents that kill a person with dementia. In Kasem's case he's dying from a rampant infection caused by bed sores he received recently in the hospital. He'd be in better condition today if he was in a nursing home where he belonged rather than being moved from hospital to hospital while his family argues over who loves him more. It's a sad story that I've encountered far too many times.

Emerje
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 15th, 2014 @ 12:04pm CDT
I wasn't sure if I should have made a new thread for this, but sadly Casey Kasem died today. :( RIP

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=873092
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Posted by Mindmaster on June 15th, 2014 @ 2:03pm CDT
Earlier this week, we reported that the courts have suspended the use of life-support for elderly voice actor and DJ Casey Kasem, who is suffering from Lewy body disease. We here at Seibertron.com regret to inform the public that Mr. Kasem has passed away earlier today at the age of 82.

During his career as a voice actor, Mr. Kasem is most famously known for lending his voice as Shaggy in Scooby Doo. As for his roles in The Transformers, Mr. Kasem voiced Cliffjumper, Bluestreak, Doctor Arkeville, Teletraan I, and the Dread slaves from the episode "Chaos".

We here at Seibertron.com offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Kasem.
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Posted by Dead Metal on June 15th, 2014 @ 2:16pm CDT
Good, at least he's not in pain anymore and died with at least a bit of his dignity intact.

He was awesome, and did not deserve to degenerate like this, damn dementia eats your very being until all that is left of you is a shriveled up husk of a body that's artificially kept running long after you've left it.

RIP Shaggy.
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Posted by Wageboo on June 15th, 2014 @ 3:02pm CDT
I WAS going to report about Casey's death, but I decided to wait it out.
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Posted by KnightStrike on June 15th, 2014 @ 3:07pm CDT
Such a terrible thing to see anyone suffer through a debilitating illness like that. I will always remember him as Bluestreak, Cliffjumper, Shaggy, and the friendly voice on the radio spinning the countdown of hits every week. Growing up in the 80s and hearing his voice on the radio or as a voice actor in a different show was like running into a familiar friend. I think the last thing I remember hearing him on was Mystery Incorporated as the voice of Shaggy's father just a few years ago.
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Posted by BERSEKAEL on June 15th, 2014 @ 3:22pm CDT
Rest in peace Cliffjumper.
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Posted by steve2275 on June 15th, 2014 @ 3:52pm CDT
thank you mr.kasem
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Posted by reluctantyouth on June 15th, 2014 @ 4:14pm CDT
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN:

Rest in peace Mr. Kasem. Thanks for the memories.

~reluctantyouth~ :BOT:
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Posted by Deathscythetransform on June 15th, 2014 @ 5:39pm CDT
Rest in peace, Mr Kasem
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 15th, 2014 @ 5:40pm CDT
He shared his talents with the world and was truly a voice of our generation. Roll out good sir.
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Posted by Ultra Markus on June 15th, 2014 @ 8:32pm CDT
he will live forever through shaggy and other memorable characters he voiced!
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on June 15th, 2014 @ 8:41pm CDT
Rest in Peace Bluestreak
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Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on June 15th, 2014 @ 9:35pm CDT
God bless you Casey Rip in Peace and I hope you are living a better existence in heaven with no sickness to torture you.
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Posted by fenrir72 on June 16th, 2014 @ 12:23am CDT
:sad:
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Posted by Aladar on June 16th, 2014 @ 2:19am CDT
Rest in peace Shaggy CliffStreak
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Posted by Bluespindash97 on June 16th, 2014 @ 3:33am CDT
R.I.P Casey Kasem
The best space computer, red traitor finder and teenage mystery solver there was.
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Posted by Sabrblade on June 16th, 2014 @ 10:18am CDT
Shaggy finally joins his best buddy Scooby in that Great Mess Hall in the Sky.
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Posted by Shockwave7 on June 16th, 2014 @ 5:46pm CDT
"I've got Heaven dead center in my viewfinder!"
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Posted by AutobotJazz on June 17th, 2014 @ 2:34am CDT
He will be missed. RIP Casey Kasem.
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Posted by Stormrider on June 17th, 2014 @ 7:39am CDT
So sad. We say goodbye to another great legend.
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Posted by Acelister on June 17th, 2014 @ 7:49am CDT
He will be missed.
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Posted by Maggotron on June 21st, 2014 @ 12:14pm CDT
America's Top 40 man, Cliffjumper, Shaggy and a host of other things will be missed indeed. Looks like a transition into a new era.
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