Kasem’s widow wants his body buried in Norway

Kasem’s widow wants his body buried in Norway

Los Angeles - The widow of American radio personality Casey Kasem intends to have his body buried in Norway, the spokesman for one of Kasem's daughters said last Friday, in the latest twist in a legal battle stemming from his end-of-life care.

Jean Kasem, the former American Top 40 DJ's second wife, has indicated he will be buried in the Nordic country, though it is not known when that will occur, said Danny Deraney, a publicist for Kerri Kasem, the radio icon's daughter from his first marriage.

Kasem died in June in Washington State, aged 82.

Deraney said there was nothing to prevent Jean Kasem from burying her husband in Norway or taking his remains abroad. He said Kerri and her two siblings from the first marriage have been working with a private investigator to keep track of their father's body.

They have accused Jean Kasem of abusing their father, who was suffering from bedsores at the end of his life and preventing them from contacting him for a lengthy period.

Jean Kasem had the body removed from the funeral home in Washington state and taken to Canada before a court order was issued for an autopsy to be performed.

According to the Los Angeles Times, she had claimed in a letter to officials that she had Norwegian roots on her mother's side and intended to move there by the end of the year.

Deraney reportedly said his camp was trying to confirm if she was lying about her heritage.

"The bottom line is, Jean is hiding from the authorities," he told People magazine. "She's hiding the body away from the authorities, family and friends."


This article was first published on August 18, 2014.
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