SINGAPORE - Local DJ Mike Kasem is worried sick.
His father, US radio legend Casey Kasem, has been missing since May 6.
The older Mr Kasem suffers from Parkinson’s disease and was looked after in a Santa Monica hospital in the US.
Casey, 82, is said to be worth US$80 million (S$100 million).
According to media reports, the children of Casey’s first wife and his present wife, Jean, have been locked in a battle over access to the former star of American Top 40.
Mike’s siblings in the US saw their father in the hospital on May 6, but then he went missing.
Jean was supposed to attend a court session on Monday, but failed to do so.
The Los Angeles Superior Court then ordered a court investigator to find him.
Mike told The New Paper he last saw his father in December, when he went home to the US for the holiday season.
Mike, 40, said his father’s ailing health and safety has him worried.
“The last time I saw him, he was frail. I don’t know how he is being moved around, if he has the right care he needs.
“I wonder if he is taking car or plane rides. He is weak and in no shape to move around,” he said, sounding worried and upset as he spoke over the phone yesterday.
He said when he visited his father last year, his father could recognise him and speak short phrases.
Mike is one of three children his father had with his first wife, Linda Myers.
“I was allowed to see him for only 20 minutes each for five days, and each time with a security guard present, who was writing down every word we said,” he said, referring to his stepmother’s rules.
Casey has one daughter with her.