Sunday, August 17, 2014

Casey Kasem to be buried in Norway

The body of DJ Casey Kasem, who died June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington, is headed to Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper VG, which was confirmed by Logan Clarke, a private investigator for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem.He told The Hollywood Reporter, "He's going to be buried in Norway."  In the Norwegian press account, Wenche Madsen Eriksson, a government official, was quoted by reporter Marcus Husby saying, "It is arranged. He's going to Oslo." The report said the official would not specify which of Oslo's 20 cemeteries and one crematorium was chosen by Kasem's widow, Jean Kasem, who did not return THR's email. Her attorney declined to comment.  Oslo may be the end of a more than 7,900-mile odyssey that began in May, when Jean Kasem took the ailing Casey Kasem from a Santa Monica hospital to Las Vegas and then to Washington State, where Clarke tracked them down. Despite a Tacoma judge's restraining order in July, Jean Kasem moved her husband's remains to Montreal.

In Oslo, Husby notes, it would cost $2,437 to bury Kasem, who was reportedly worth $80 million. "We don't know what [Jean Kasem's] plans are," says Danny Deraney, spokesman for Kerri Kasem. "We just know that she wants to keep Casey away from [his] family and friends and by the looks of it, hiding from law enforcement." Family members tell THR that the feud between Jean Kasem and her husband's family has gone on for 35 years.  Santa Monica Police are investigating Kerri Kasem's allegation that her stepmother Jean Kasem abused the late Kasem. Kerri Kasem also backs Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and his bill AB 2034, which would require the conservator for an elder or dependent adult to notify family members in case of acute medical treatment, death or funeral arrangements. The bill went to the California Senate floor on today, the same day the news broke that Kasem's body had been moved to Norway.

Source/more:  The Hollywood Reporter.

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