Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent

Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:53pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday.

Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40," was moved to Canada by his wife, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. He died on June 15 at age 82.

Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed on Friday that Kasem's body was no longer at the facility. When reached by phone on Wednesday, someone speaking for the home declined further comment.

Kasem had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

The children said she prevented them from visiting him as he suffered from Lewy body dementia, an illness with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. Casey Kasem had wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, said Danny Deraney, a spokesman for the siblings.

Deraney said that while Kasem's wife has the legal right to move the remains without notifying anyone, she should let his friends and family know.

"Right now, she's not divulging that location. For what reasons, I don't know," Deraney said.

A Washington state judge on July 16 forbade movement of the body from the funeral home based on a request by Kerri Kasem to have an autopsy conducted to investigate suspicions of elder abuse, Deraney said.

The order was delivered to the home a day after Kasem's body was moved, CNN reported.   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  ljc/YH