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Judge rules Casey Kasem can stay off feeding tubes

June 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM ET

The tumultuous family feud swirling around Casey Kasem took another sharp turn Wednesday as a judge reversed a previous ruling ordering doctors to artificially feed and hydrate the ailing radio legend.

In a statement, Kasem’s eldest daughter, Kerri Kasem, said: “The court’s decision today upheld our father’s explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive.”

Children battle wife over Casey Kasem’s care

In the ruling Wednesday, attorney Troy Martin told The Associated Press, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy found that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the iconic DJ.

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Kerri Kasem has been embroiled in a dispute with her father’s second wife, Jean Kasem, over the medical care of the former “American Top 40” host, who is in critical condition at a Washington state hospital.

A spokesman for Kerri Kasem said last week that her 82-year-old father was near death. Kasem suffers from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease and hallucinations.

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