Casey Kasem Laid to Rest in Norway
The legendary DJ's burial was delayed six months due to a legal fight between his wife and children
Six months after his death, legendary DJ Casey Kasem was finally laid to rest in Norway on Tuesday, THR has confirmed.
The lengthy delay in Kasem's burial was due to a legal, and very public, fight between his widow Jean and his children. TMZ first reported the news that Kasem was buried at Vestre Graylund, one of the largest cemeteries in Norway. His children did not attend the burial, indeed they did not know of the burial until Monday, and there was no confirmation if Jean Kasem was in attendance either.
Kasem died on June 15 at a hospital in Washington state. What followed was a public fight over where his remains would be buried, with his children requesting that Kasem be buried at Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and his widow Jean wishing to bury him in Oslo because she says she is part Norwegian and planned to move there.
The legal ramifications of Kasem's burial are also significant as his children had filed a police report with the LAPD claiming that Jean had abused her late husband and caused him to get the fatal infection during a long car journey.
Days before Kasem's death, his daughter Kerri Kasem had said, "I want this evil woman in jail for what she has done to this family." Although Santa Monica police investigated the claims of elder abuse, no charges have been filed against Jean Kasem.
THR reached out to the Kasem family for reactions to the news of his funeral. Logan Clarke, a private investigator hired by the family, said the burial "highlights the lack of humanity and care that Jean has always been guilty of with Casey. She is an evil, selfish, money hungry narcissist who deserves to go to jail."
Clarke was also critical of the legal authorities, saying: "[T]he fact that there was no second autopsy does not prevent a prosecution for any DA that has the balls, or the simple human decency to go after an elder abuser and financial abuser of the highest caliber."