DJ Casey Kasem’s body has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent announced on Wednesday.
Casey Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program American Top 40, was moved to Canada by his wife, Jean Kasem, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. He died on June 15 at the age of 82.
Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed last Friday that Casey Kasem’s body was no longer at the facility.
Casey 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.
Casey Kasem’s body was moved to Canada by his wife, Jean Kasem (photo Getty Images)
The children said Jean Kasem 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.
Danny Deraney said that while Casey 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,” Danny 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, Danny Deraney said.
The order was delivered to the home a day after Casey Kasem’s body was moved, CNN reported.
A spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department said there was an open and ongoing probe into allegations of elder abuse, but declined to provide further detail.
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A legal wrangle amongst DJ Casey Kasem’s family has delayed the radio legend’s burial a month after his death.
A Washington state judge granted a temporary court order to Casey Kasem’s daughter, preventing his second wife from removing his remains from a funeral home in Tacoma.
Kerri Kasem is seeking authorization for a post-mortem on her father.
Casey Kasem was a voiceover artist and host of the American Top 40, and the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons.
He died on June 15 after suffering from a form of dementia, with his care at the centre of a serious rift between his family.
DJ Casey Kasem died on June 15 after suffering from a form of dementia, with his care at the centre of a serious rift between his family (photo Getty Images)
Before Casey Kasem’s death, a judge granted an order allowing his daughter to withhold food, liquids and medication from him against the wishes of his wife of 34 years.
Kerri Kasem has expressed concerns that his body could be cremated or taken to Canada by his widow Jean, negating the possibility of a post-mortem.
Jean Kasem has rights over his remains, while his daughter held the medical conservatorship in the final part of his life.
A small, private memorial service for Casey Kasem was held in California last month, but his second wife and their daughter Liberty did not attend.
The children from the 82-year-old’s first marriage are hoping to bury him in California in accordance with his final wishes.
The judge moved to ensure Casey Kasem’s body was not taken from the funeral home while a decision is being considered about allowing a post-mortem examination to take place.
Casey Kasem began his career in the 1950s and found fame with the chart program.
He famously ended his broadcasts with his signature sign-off: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
After spells hosting countdown shows under other titles, Casey Kasem returned to American Top 40 in the 1990s and retired from the airwaves in 2009.
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A memorial for the late DJ Casey Kasem has been held in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Mourners at the small, private ceremony in Bel Air heard recordings of Casey Kasem’s old radio shows, including his famous American Top 40.
Casey Kasem died in Washington state last week, aged 82.
Casey Kasem had suffered from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia
He had suffered from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia, and had recently been at the centre of a bitter family court battle over his care.
Casey Kasem’s death came days after a judge allowed the star’s daughter Kerri to withhold food, liquid and medication from her father against the wishes of his wife of 34 years, Jean.
Between 100 and 150 mourners attended the memorial on Saturday at Bel Air Protestant Church, including Casey Kasem’s adult children, family spokesman Danny Deraney told TheWrap.
Casey Kasem’s second wife, Jean, and their daughter, Liberty, were not present.
“The children – Kerri, Mike, Julie and Julie’s daughters – gave speeches, in addition to his close friends and brother,” Danny Deraney said.
Many of Casey Kasem’s former radio colleagues also attended, while pop music arranger David Campbell played a violin version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, one of Kasem’s favorite songs.
Public memorials to Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday in Mexico City aged 87, are being hold in Mexico and Colombia.
The presidents of Colombia and Mexico are due to attend a formal ceremony with funeral cortege in Mexico City, where Garcia Marquez lived for decades.
At the same time residents in his home town of Aracataca in northern Colombia will hold a symbolic funeral.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was considered the finest writer of the Spanish language since Cervantes.
The author was cremated at a private family ceremony in Mexico City last week.
A funeral cortege is taking Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ashes from his house to the historic centre of Mexican City for the memorial ceremony.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was considered the finest writer of the Spanish language since Cervantes (photo EPA)
The event in the majestic Palace of Fine Arts will be attended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto and the author’s wife, Mercedes Barcha, and sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.
Thousands of members of the public who are mourning his loss will also say goodbye to Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the cultural venue, which is where Mexico pays tribute to its late artistic icons.
It has been adorned with yellow flowers, the author’s favorite, and a string quartet will perform music by the Hungarian Bela Bartok, among other composers.
In Colombia, residents are holding a ceremony of their own in his birth place of Aracataca, the inspiration for Macondo, the setting for his 1967 seminal masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, which sold millions of copies around the world.
On Tuesday, the Colombian government will hold a formal ceremony at the main cathedral in the capital Bogota, which will be televised.
Then on Wednesday, Colombians will have readings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel No One Writes to the Colonel in hundreds of libraries, parks and universities across the country.
There may be an element of disappointment in Colombia that the first main event to commemorate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is taking place in Mexico rather than his country of origin.
But rather than a diplomatic spat, it simply reflects the degree to which both countries – indeed all Latin Americans – considered Gabriel Garcia Marquez to be their own.
One solution being posited is that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ashes be divided between Mexico and Colombia, but his family has not yet revealed its wishes.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez fled Colombia in 1981 after learning that the country’s military wanted to question him over links to left-wing guerrillas.
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