Radio star Casey Kasem's remains moved from funeral home against children's wishes

Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:30pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The remains of radio personality Casey Kasem have been moved from a Washington state funeral home, against the wishes of three of his adult children, a spokesman for the siblings said on Friday.

Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40" who died on June 15 at age 82, had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

They said she had prevented them from visiting him as he suffered from Lewy body dementia, a malady with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.

As his health deteriorated, a Los Angeles judge sided with the children and permitted them to withhold food, hydration and his usual medication as they chose comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington state hospital.

Since then, Kasem's children Kerri, Julie and Mike have learned his body was removed from Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington, against their wishes, said Danny Deraney, a spokesman for the siblings. Casey Kasem had wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, Deraney said.

The three children believe Jean Kasem, who had legal rights over the body, arranged to have it moved but they do not know where it is, Deraney said.

"They're so used to this behavior from her over time, it's almost like they saw this coming,” Deraney said.

A Washington state judge on Wednesday forbade movement of the body from the funeral home, according to the New York Daily News. The order was based on a request by Kerri Kasem to have an autopsy conducted on Kasem to investigate suspicions of elder abuse, Deraney said.   Continued...

 
U.S. television and radio personality Casey Kasem appears on the "American Top 40 Live" show in Los Angeles April 24, 2005. REUTERS/Lee Celano