"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," his daughter, Kerri Kasem, said in a statement posted online. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken."
Kasem's care had been the subject of a legal tussle between daughter Kerri and Casey Kasem's current wife, Jean Kasem, who initially won a court order allowing Kasem food, water and his usual medication. Kasem's wife had opposed withholding food and water from her husband. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and water would be detrimental to his health, agreeing with the deejay's physicians and daughter Kerri Kasem, who was in charge of her father's healthcare.
"Transitioning our father's treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make," Kasem's children said in a statement.
The statement included part of Kasem's health directive, which stated that he desired no form of "life-sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration."