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Judge stalls end of life measures for Casey Kasem




Kerri Kasem, right, the daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, appears in Kitsap County Superior Court, along with Casey Kasem's wife Jean Kasem, second from left, and their attorneys Friday, May 30, 2014 in Port Orchard, Wash. Jean Kasem was in court as part of an ongoing dispute with Kerri Kasem, who has been given authority to determine whether her father is receiving adequate medical care. Casey and Jean Kasem have been staying with family friends in Washington state.
Kerri Kasem, right, the daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, appears in Kitsap County Superior Court, along with Casey Kasem's wife Jean Kasem, second from left, and their attorneys Friday, May 30, 2014 in Port Orchard, Wash. Jean Kasem was in court as part of an ongoing dispute with Kerri Kasem, who has been given authority to determine whether her father is receiving adequate medical care. Casey and Jean Kasem have been staying with family friends in Washington state.
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Casey Kasem has enjoyed decades of fame thanks to his smooth sound as host of America's Top 40, but these days, he's been making headlines because of the bizarre family fight over his care.

Kasem's health has seriously declined due in part to an advanced form of Parkinson's disease, and for the past year, his children have been fighting with their step mother, Jean Kasem, for conservatorship of their father. 

His daughter Kerri Kasem, who was granted temporary control of his treatment last month, consulted with doctors and decided in recent days to stop giving her father food, water and medications, attorneys said in court.

But a judge ruled Monday that Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing radio personality after his daughter moved to implement end of life measures.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ruled that Casey Kasem should receive the treatments while an attorney appointed by the judge meets with Kasem and his doctors.

Kasem was admitted to the hospital with an infected bedsore last week.

Kerri Kasem decided to begin end-of-life measures after doctors determined that feeding and hydrating the celebrity had become increasingly painful, attorney Troy Martin said in court. The judge's ruling is likely to cause the former "American Top 40" host more pain, he said.

AP reporter Anthony McCartney has been covering this story since the beginning. He joins the show to tell us the latest. 

With contributions from the Associated Press.