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New Day Washington: Kerri Kasem’s mission to help families fight elder abuse

“A harrowing ordeal that played out in the media, has inspired one woman to help others avoid the heartbreak she endured. Many viewers may remember Kerri Kasem’s battle to visit her father, radio icon Casey Kasem during his final months– she says, only to be rebuffed by his wife, who moved him from state to state, including here in Washington, before he passed away in June. Kerri is promoting a bill to help others in her situation get the rights they need to visit and tend to an ailing parent. Kerri shared more about the legislation, as well as how her Kasem Cares Foundation, is working to help families facing similar situations.”

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KOMO 4 Seattle: Daughter of Casey Kasem breaks her silence about dad’s death

SEATTLE — The daughter of the legendary Casey Kasem, host of “American Top 40” radio and TV show, is breaking her silence about the death of her famous father following a very public national drama played out near Seattle last year.

In her first full interview about it, Kerri Kasem explained how her famous father was kept from his family by his second wife, and the legal battle to get him back – even though it was too late to save his life.

“The doctor said, quote, ‘what was done to this man was inhumane’,” she said.

She warns it is the same nightmare that thousands of families face every year. And, she said, she intends to do something about it.

Casey Kasem was a friend of an entire generation, and Kerri said she is “so proud of my dad!”

Kerri Kasem says her famous dad, despite a divorce, was always there for his kids even at the height of his career. But Kerri accuses his second wife Jean Kasem of isolating him in his ailing years, eventually taking him to a tiny house near Bremerton despite his grave condition.

“Adult children don’t have the rights to ask for visitation to an ailing parent,” she said. “The only people that can give visitation is a spouse, a guardian, a conservator. And if any of those people say no, sorry – you’re never going to see your dad or mom again.”

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El Paso Times – Visitation Rights in Texas

El Paso Times Reporter did a great article on exactly what Kerri is doing – to get people to realize the importance of being proactive instead of reactive.

Fighting for dignity: Daughter of late famed radio personality pushes for visitation rights in Texas

By Victor R. Martinez / El Paso Times /
Texas House Bill 2665 — which partly states that if death is imminent, an emergency hearing must be held within 10 days — was approved by the House on May 8.

The bill also would require guardians to notify adult children of significant changes in their ailing parent’s health and of funeral arrangements after death.

“It was an awful situation, but it’s one I’ve seen before (without the same media attention) as an attorney,” Moody said in a statement to the El Paso Times in April. “No child should suffer the heartbreak of having a parent kept from them.”

He added, “The current law not only makes it possible for the guardian of an incapacitated adult to stand between that person and their children, it doesn’t provide any legal way for children to fight back.”

Kasem’s plight began in late 2013 when Casey Kasem’s second wife, Jean Kasem, allegedly prevented his children from seeing their father. He died in June 2014.

“My father told the court over and over again that he wanted to see his kids, and the court had no ability to rule on visitation,” Kasem said. “This bill would allow the judge to rule on visitation, it’s as simple as that.”

If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, Texas would be the second state to have such legislation.

Dinah Street, Joe Moody, Kerri Kasem and other supportive citizens testifying before a senate committee on behalf of the “Visitation Bill”.
You can watch video at the 12 min 40 second mark, the VISITATION BILL being discussed before the Texas committee in Austin: (Kerri Kasem and Dinah Street speak at 14:56): http://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php

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Kerri Speaks with Dr. Bonnie Olsen – Beyond the Dementia Diagnosis: Capacity and Competency to Make Decisions

Deciding whether someone is legally competent to make decisions regarding their estate plan is an issue many practitioners face with elderly clients. The assessed capacity required for legal competence increases with the seriousness of what is at stake. The usual explanation is that patient autonomy is being balanced against best interests. In many instances a family member may subject their loved one to abusive situations.  This session will present four concepts critical to understanding abuse: autonomy, vulnerability, capacity and undue influence.  Dr. Bonnie Olsen will be sharing this information with you.  Following Dr. Olsen, Kerri Kasem will share her real life story –

As an entertainer and the daughter of a renowned celebrity, Kerri Kasem has lived more of her life in the spotlight than most of us. Unfortunately, recent circumstances put her private and very personal family tragedy on the front pages of the news this year. Her legal battle regarding the visitation and medical care of her father, radio icon Casey Kasem, has brought awareness and attention to a cause that many of us may face one day in today’s world of blended families.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Santa Ana Country Club | 20382 Newport Boulevard | Santa Ana 92707
Speaker: Kerri Kasem & Bonnie Olsen, PhD
To register or for more information, click here.

 

SPEAKERS:

Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She served as the medical psychologist for the UCIrvine/Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Center for over 7 years where she evaluated alleged victims of financial, sexual or physical abuse. In addition, Dr. Olsen conducted cognitive and mental health assessments of frail elderly patients at the UCI Program in Geriatrics Health Assessment Program for Seniors’ for over 15 years. In the research domain, Dr. Olsen is the program director for an Administration on Aging grant to develop strategies for prevention of elder abuse in persons with dementia, is the principal investigator on a grant from the Archstone Foundation to develop educational materials for caregivers of dementia patients to prevent elder abuse and works with the team of professionals at the National Center of Elder Abuse currently located at USC. Dr. Olsen maintained a private practice in neuropsychological assessment, forensic assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy for more than 10 years before becoming a full-time faculty member.

Kerri Kasem is a multimedia personality, producer, and writer who has anchored numerous music, talk and entertainment programs for both radio and television. Kerri is the daughter of the late radio host and icon Casey Kasem. Since 1997, Kerri has followed in her father’s footsteps, hosting many radio programs. Kasem was co-host of the internationally syndicated Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx for four years, but left the show to fight for her father, and to lobby for the “Visitation Bill” AB2034 in California – a vision which in less than six months has seen legislation in four other states. She founded the Kasem Cares Foundation to establish and fight for the rights to have visitation and reasonable access to an ailing parent, especially when under the care and control of an uncooperative spouse or sibling.

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Kerri Kasem Speaker at National Aging in Place Council – OC Chapter

Almost sold out! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PST) Irvine, CA

As an entertainer and the daughter of a renowned celebrity, Kerri Kasem has lived more of her life in the spotlight than most of us. Unfortunately, recent circumstances put her private and very personal family tragedy on the front pages of the news this year. Her legal battle regarding the visitation and medical care of her father, radio icon Casey Kasem, has brought awareness and attention to a cause that many of us may face one day in today’s world of blended families.

She founded the Kasem Cares Foundation to establish and fight for the rights to have visitation and reasonable access to an ailing parent, especially when under the care and control of an uncooperative spouse or sibling. She is an inspiration and voice of many people going through challenging times.  Through Kerri’s voice, leadership and outreach she hopes to inspire and help others.

Come here Kerri Kasem speak along with the National Aging in Place Council – OC Chapter.

“My life is dedicated to getting a bill passed that will help end isolation for the elderly and sick.” -Kerri

Its Mission:
  • Reaching out to seniors.
  • Establishing local Aging in Place Councils among businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations, the aging in place professional network, and the health care system. Homeowners benefit if professionals from the various disciplines are knowledgeable about one another, and better professional referral networks are established.Increasing the level of knowledge and skills of Aging in Place professionals from a wide variety of fields whose collaboration and involvement is essential to insuring greater public access to programs and support services that promote independent living.
  • Advocating for policies, regulations and business practices that promote Aging in Place.
  • Promoting National Aging in Place Week and other events through various media. During this week, members of the National Aging in Place Council® coordinate events in their communities to highlight local programs and services available to help increase independent living.
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Sold Out OC Business Luncheon Hears Kerri Kasem Speak

Kerri Kasem was the keynote speaker at RBN in Mission Viejo, California.

Topics shared with 150 attendees included:

  • How to correctly plan your estate
  • Avoiding the time and expense to get a conservatorship
  • Why you need a durable power of attorney
  • The benefits of a health care directive
  • The personal cost of improper planning
  • Heart-breaking lessons concerning life-and-death decisions

She spoke about her personal story and the ordeal of her father, Casey Kasem, and why she decided to go public in 2013 to help other families from going through similar pain or difficult ordeals.

If you are remarried (or married for the first time whether you are in a  good relationship or not) there are things you should do to protect your children.  “It’s so important.  I started the Kasem Cares Foundation to promote basic family rights legislation that is currently not in the law.  Existing law does not allow a judge to rule on visitation because the judge has no jurisdiction.”

Kerri will be in Sacramento the week of August 11th to continue pushing the Visitation Bill AB2034 through the California assembly.

Kerri spoke alongside speaker and estate planning attorney, Naz Barouti of the Barouti Law Corporation with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange Counties.  Naz offers a free guide: “Understanding Living Trusts: How to Avoid Probate, Save Taxes & More” and spoke about her mission to help others get correct guidance when planning their will, trust and estate.

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Protecting Your Family Estate Planning Attorney Speaks with Kerri Kasem on KABC

Kelly Rooney and Kimmy Rooney discussing being blocked from an ailing parent. July 28, 2014


Radio personality and recent family law advocate Kerri Kasem discusses recent activities regarding the passage of Visitation Bill AB 2034, her late father Casey Kasem, her step-mother Jean Kasem’s vitriolic behavior, and keeping a clear head about it all.

Family law attorney and radio host, Naz Barouti interviewed Kerri on the radio show “Protecting Your Family” which airs weekly in Southern California on KABC.

Kasem is continuing her advocacy of family rights by taking her cause nationwide and publicly speaking about her experiences.

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Kerri Kasem Describes not Being Able To See Her Father the Last Year of His Life

Kerri Kasem has been interviewed on countless interviews, magazines and articles. Here she describes not being able to see her father, Casey Kasem, the last year of his life, which some have described fits into the category of elder abuse.

 

Protecting Your Wealth and Family as heard on KABC radio with Naz Barouti.  Naz says, “Let’s face it, we ALL need to plan for the future and PROTECT our assets and, most importantly our family after we pass but most of us don’t want to face the inevitable so we avoid having these conversations and thus remain uncertain how to even start the process.”  Kerri Kasem and the Kasem Cares Foundation is a voice for the people.

If you need help getting started in the direction of keeping your family secure and confident about what will happen in the future, please let us know how we can help!  CLICK HERE

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Excerpt interview with “Protecting Your Family” aired live on KABC radio in Los Angeles, California. Airdate: May 10, 2014.Full radio interview at: http://youtu.be/UKEfmIdYv-0

 

 Naz: Today we are talking about Casey Kasem. I’m so honored to have Kerri Kasem in the studio. Thank you so much for joining us in the studio today. I really wanted to provide you with as many outlets as you can have to tell people what’s going on and how you have been prevented from seeing your dad. You’re listening to Protecting Your Family on Talk Radio 790 KABC. I’m your host and estate planning attorney, Naz Barouti.

Kerri: Yeah, you know it’s gotten out there quite a bit and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for that because of one reason. There are so many people in this country going through the same thing that I’m going through; being prevented from seeing a loved one by that loved one’s spouse for no reason.

I’m not going to say every kid deserves visitation rights to see an ailing parent, maybe they do cause that parent stress, may be they have done some bad things. When you have talked to your dad every single day of his life and you can see that parent whenever you want, to have that bond disrupted is inhumane. The bond with me and my brother and sister in our family was so strong; he would come to Christmases at my house and my mom’s house and my sister’s house, we were always doing birthday parties for all three of us kids together, we were always together. Even though my mom and dad were divorced we were always a family unit.

First and foremost, it was family with my dad. His wife knows this. So for her to say, “Oh, the visits were intolerable, or those kids know what they’ve done.” It’s sick, it’s disgusting, it’s evil, and it is cruel intentions to say that.   He’s dying alone in a convalescent home and we’re not able to see him. And it’s not just the kids, it’s all of his family; his cousins, his brother can’t see him — none of his friends can see him. Nobody that loves him can see my father, nobody!

Naz: And you said that a lot of kids may not deserve to see their parent, I know that some children have issues. Some may have alcohol or drug problems and such children cause their parent stress. At the end of the day, the love you have for your child, no matter what they do to you, they’re your flesh and blood, you created them. So I can’t think of any awful thing that you and your siblings could do that would prevent your father from wanting to see his kids when he’s sick like this.

Kerri: My father told the court a few months ago, “I want to see my children.” Some of these records are sealed so I can’t say what he said. As soon as he said what he said, he got kicked out the house and put in a hospital far away from his house with a guard at the door, so nobody could see him.

Naz: I mean that’s just insane, who is she protecting? She’s acting like the president is in the hospital.

Kerri: Even worse, if the president were in the hospital at least he’d get to see his family. It’s a sickening, disgusting situation, and people try to rationalize it, like, oh, the kids must have done something, the kids want money. We’ve been in court for 6 months and we’ve never asked for a dime.

Naz: You siblings have your own success; your sister is in the medical field?

Kerri: Yes, she’s a physician’s assistant, her husband is a doctor; he’s a cardiologist, my brother has a number one radio show in Asia- Singapore, he hosts the American Idol out there. Mike Kasem has another television show and he’s very successful. I’m successful in my own right; none of us take a dime from our father.

Naz: I’ve been doing this for a while now, and I can tell, when certain people come into my office if that child genuinely loves the parent or if they’re after something else. I can read people, this is the first time I met Kerri, but I can guarantee you, I don’t see any signs that you and your siblings want money. I think it’s been pretty clear and established. I read reports that you said your father already has a trust and has certain things distributed to certain people, so I don’t think that’s an issue. If that were an issue, you’d be fighting about the trust, and what the terms of the trust are, and his capacity about creating the trust and how Jean is supposed to be excluded from everything.

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Kerri: I just want to see my dad. We’ve told her, keep it all, and take it all, we don’t care, just give us our dad. She wants that too, she wants to keep him. There’s something that is strange because I see this all the time in the press. When the judge declared my father to be getting good, excellent care, it was very upsetting. Of course he’s getting good, excellent care. We called the adult protective service on him when we couldn’t see him for two months, remember we used to see him every week. All of a sudden; sorry, Charlie can’t see your dad, why? What’s going on, why can’t dad come over, what’s happening?

Naz: She told you guys that?

Kerri: Oh, no she wouldn’t answer any of our calls. She doesn’t talk to us, we had to talk to her assistant. Sorry he can’t come, sorry he can’t come, every week. Finally my sister went over there, knocked on the door and said, “I want to see my dad, what’s happening with my dad, why won’t you return our phone calls, why can’t I see my dad? I just want to put my arms around him, I want to love him, I want to take care of him. She turned to my sister and said; why do you care, you’re getting a million dollars.” And we’re not getting a million dollars, first of all. My sister looked at her and said, “Keep your money, let me see my dad, I don’t care about the money,” and she was escorted off the property. So we called adult protective services, and they were not allowed into the house. Nobody knows that. She did not allow anybody into the house.

Naz: There must be a reason, if you have nothing to hide why not be an open book?

Kerri: That’s right, so we called the police the next day. By that time, he was home, cleaned up and looked good, with the caretaker there. She had a warning. If they would have gone in they would have seen that he was not there because she sent him home with the housekeeper, or that he was not being taken care of very well. But that is not what happened. We have a judge who didn’t look at any of that. I’m not saying it’s our fault or this was bad, it’s the way the evidence was presented. And it’s very upsetting because we knew what was going on in that house, and of course, now that she’s been caught, he’s getting good excellent care.

Naz: But you know Kerri, that’s where I think that the system is failing is failing you, that’s where I feel like lawyers need to step up, judges really need to step up and see what’s going on, and they’re not doing it. I really urge all lawyers, when you get a client in your office and they come in with a second spouse, or even a first spouse, or one of their kids (when they have five) and something is getting changed or they’re drafting a new health care directive and they have no idea what’s going on. Because I feel that’s what happened with your dad. He had one in 2007 naming your sister and his son-in-law — because they have a medical background — and then a new one is draft in 2011. What idiot attorney would draft this new one?

Kerri: And you can’t do irrevocable. In 2009 my dad could not get through his American top 40 script. He couldn’t understand it, he couldn’t read it all the way; he then had to retire in 2009. In 2010, he couldn’t tell you where he got married, he had good days and bad days, some days he was more lucid with it, some days he wasn’t.

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Kerri:  You can’t understand it because it is irrational, insane behavior, there’s nothing rational about this, and we haven’t done anything.

You can’t rationalize it and I want people to stop trying to rationalize it, we’ve done nothing. Most of the time like 95% when stories get out there it’s very positive, once in a while I’ll see stuff that looks like it’s coming directly from my father’s second wife. These kids have a history of drug addiction, it’s documented; my sister has never done drugs in her life. I experimented 20 years ago, I’ve said that on air, but I don’t have a history of drug addiction, neither does my sister, neither does my brother.   The lies are really trying to, in every single way, hurt us across the board.

I’ve heard her come out and say that she’s a private person, but I’ve also read reports that she was trying to get on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

That’s right, go to TMZ, she looked straight to the camera, and this was while my father was dying.  He was dying, this was a year ago; and she says, “Well, I’m in talks with the housewives of Beverly Hills, breaking news.

My dad is dying in the house and she wants to bring in a bunch of cameras, and she wants to bring in a show full of drama while my dad is sick, and she’s telling us we’re the ones who will be toxic to him.

Naz:  That’s why I’m wondering — how is she a private person if she would agree to be on a reality TV show like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or a reality TV show? It does not make sense to me.

Kerri:  She’s not a private person; I’m not going to say what my opinion is.  If I did I would say, I think she’s a money hungry, stepmom witch.  I can say it I don’t owe her anything and this is the first time I’ve met you so you haven’t pushed me to say these things. These are just things I feel, and I think a lot of people feel.

More than 15 years ago we weren’t allowed in the house to talk to my step sister — not allowed at all.  I don’t even know her at all.

I don’t get it, since we were little children she has done things to us. I talked about this on the TV shows; when I was eight years old I had this penguin that I sleep with every night, my dog chewed the beak on it.  And every weekend we were with my dad Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We were with our mom during the week. And I brought it over and she was like, oh, what happened to your bird, if you leave your sleepy toy with me over the week, I’ll fix it for you and give it back. I wanted her to like me so bad that I left my security blanket with her, hoping that she was going to do that. I come back the next weekend she had thrown my sleepy time toy, my bird, my safety blanket, to her dogs as a cheap toy.

I have to say that it’s so important to get your estate plan in order. Please, if you are married a second time, a third time, a fourth time, even if you are married to your first husband; please get your affairs in order. I’ve talked to so many people who do elder law and they say never does the husband realize that their second or third wife is not going to take care of their kids. Every single time, every single time it seems it doesn’t happen. They don’t take care of the kids, they take care of their own.

Naz: Last week we did a tribute to your dad and we played a clip. I found this really amazing clip of his voice, talking about his career and the people that he worked with. It signifies how far he’s made it. He worked with amazing people. He just seems like such a wholesome person.

Kerri: He’s a good man.

Naz: I grew up listening to his voice; his voice will always be imprinted in my head. It’s just like a memory and I think a lot of people have that memory. I think that you can just tell what kind of person he is, like he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body.

Kerri: I have always said about my dad when people ask, “What’s your dad really like?” “He’s like Gandhi. He wants peace.” He’s very lovely, he’s extremely generous. Anybody that would walk up and talk to him, he’d always have time for them, always. And if he didn’t, he said, hey, here’s how to get in contact with me, or I’ll send you a picture. He was so grateful for his listeners and so grateful for his career, and he’s an incredible man that does not deserve to be dying alone in a convalescent home.

Naz: When we come back I want to talk about the bill that you’re trying to get passed. I want to talk a little bit more about the condition that your dad is suffering because I don’t think we’ve talked about that, and some of the symptoms that I’ve looked up, of what can happen when you’re suffering from that.

 

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Naz: For all of you that have been remarried or you have children from a previous marriage, please get your estate-planning documents in order. Please make sure that you have a health care directive if you don’t want your spouse to make medical decisions for you, and you want a child to make the decisions. Have in order: your trust, your will, your health care directive, and your power of attorney.

 

All right, Kerri, I want to talk about your dad’s condition because I searched what the side effects are. Some of them were memory loss, dementia, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he had a health care directive in 2007 when he got diagnosed and then 2011 a new one was drafted. It’s my understanding that that’s a form of incapacity, so I don’t know why the judge would accept the 2011 health care directive naming his wife to make decisions for him. I have no idea why that would even happen.

 

Kerri: I don’t know if she actually accepted it, but we didn’t have a trial and there’s no evidence because the doctor that was supposed to look at my dad’s medical records was not paid by my father’s wife, so we couldn’t look into his medical records. He could have made the decision, but there’s no way he could have signed in 2011, which I think he would have, that’s my opinion. Because in 2009, like I said before, my father couldn’t get through his top 40 script, couldn’t do it. In 2010, he couldn’t tell you where he got married half the time. In 2011, there was no way could he read and understand an estate plan, a conservatorship, and a durable power of health, no way, it’s not possible.

 

Naz: I don’t think it’s possible either, I saw a video of you last night that really affected me and it brought tears to my eyes. You were outside you father’s home with his friends and family and they wanted to see him. You guys had signs, you were a small group, you weren’t doing anything rowdy, the signs weren’t anything bad and this police officer was called. In the video, you’re talking to the police officer and you looked so helpless in that, and you were trying to express to the police officer, “I just want to see my dad, I don’t know what’s going on with my dad.” It’s like you have this road block in front of you, and I know that you’re working on an assembly bill to pass.   Please talk about that more and talk about your foundation and people that are KABC listeners that are listening, that want to get more information, they want to help you. Where can they go to get more information and where they can contact you?

 

Kerri: In that video you were talking about, it was all of my dad’s friends, three people that had known him for 63 years – who went to college with him. His brother, a lot of my family, his best friends, people that did American Top 40 with him, his assistant for 27 years. It was all people that knew my father directly. Every single person knew my dad and when we stood out there and said, “We just want to see my dad, we just want to see Casey, we love him, we miss him, what are you doing, why won’t you return our calls?”

 

Every single one of these people tried to get in touch with him. These people were blocked for a year to two years prior. We were just blocked for a few months at that point. They were frustrated and fed up and they were so upset. Throughout the years, before we were blocked last July, if people wanted to get in touch with my dad they would call us, because Jean would never return a phone call or an email ever. These people said, “What’s going on?” My dad would come over to my sister’s house and his friends could see him there, and family could see him there and family flew out from Michigan to be a part of this.

 

This isn’t about his (Casey’s) kids, this isn’t the terrible kids going after their stepmom. Every — every single one of his friends and family members have been blocked, every single one of them, not just the children.  We made that loud and clear, a lot of reports say that we were escorted off the property. We weren’t on the property, we were across the street from the property or on the street. Every one of his friends were in their seventies or eighties and they were sitting down, and we just had signs that said:

 

JEAN, WHY WON’T YOU LET ME SEE MY DAD?

WHY CAN’T WE SEE CASEY?

CASEY WE LOVE YOU.

WE MISS YOU, DAD.

CASEY’S BEST FRIEND OF 63 YEARS.

I MISS MY BROTHER.