Jul 21, 2014

    Where is Casey Kasem's body?


    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.

    Kasem - the former host of the syndicated programme 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.

    They said she had prevented them from visiting him as he suffered from Lewy body disease, a malady with symptoms similar to those of 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 had chosen comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington hospital.

    Since then, Kasem's children - Kerri, Julie and Mike - have learnt that his body was removed from Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington, against their wishes, said Danny Deraney, their spokesman on Friday.

    Kasem had wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, Mr Deraney said.

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

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

    A Washington 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 to have an autopsy conducted on her father's body to investigate suspicions of elder abuse, Mr Deraney said.