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Lawyer: unclear where Casey Kasem's body is

By Phuong Le and Gene Johnson

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've already been disposed of.

A lawyer for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem said Friday that when he went to give a Tacoma funeral home a copy of the restraining order, he was informed it no longer had the remains.

"They said they could not disclose where he had gone or where he would end up," said the lawyer, Scott Winship.

Tim Grant, funeral director at Gaffney Funeral Home & Cremation Services, confirmed Friday that Kasem's body was no longer there.

"I cannot discuss the actual arrangements themselves, but he's no longer in our care," he said.

Kasem's wife of the past 34 years, Jean Kasem, filled out a death certificate dated July 15 listing an address in Jerusalem, Israel, according to a copy filed in Pierce County Superior Court. The document listed "removal from state" as the intended means of disposing the remains, the Urgel Bourgie funeral home in Montreal as the place of disposition, and July 14 as the date of disposition.

A man who answered the phone at Urgel Bourgie on Friday evening said it had disposed of no such remains and had no one by the name of Casey Kasem in its computer system.

Teruyuki Olsen, a lawyer for Kasem's wife, refused to comment Friday or provide any information about what happened to Kasem's body.

Kasem, the radio host of "American Top 40" and voice of animated television characters like Scooby-Doo's sidekick Shaggy, died June 15 at a hospital in Gig Harbor. He was 82 and suffering from dementia, and his death followed a lengthy battle over his care between Jean Kasem and his three adult children from his first marriage.

Kerri Kasem asked a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Wednesday for authorization to seek an autopsy on her father as well as a temporary restraining order to ensure his body was held in cold storage and not cremated until that autopsy is completed.

Judge Ronald Culpepper ordered Jean Kasem to ensure that the radio host's remains were preserved and that his body stayed at the Tacoma funeral home until the court decided on the autopsy petition following a July 25 hearing.


Associated Press writer Rachel La Corte contributed from Olympia.

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elysianfields08 July 19 2014 at 9:29 AM

Casey doesn't care . His soul has moved on to bigger and better things . Let them bicker

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Sylvia July 19 2014 at 10:00 AM


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Steven July 19 2014 at 9:23 AM

uhh how in the hell do you get a restraining order preventing someone from conducting a funeral?? Someone needs to give up the ghost-no pun intended.

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lskkma Steven July 19 2014 at 11:19 AM

The judge issued a court order that the body remain in Tacoma so an autopsy could be performed. Why it wasn't performed immediately after his death is anyone's guess. Since the daughter had conservatorship I don't understand how the Funeral Home released the body to his "nutjob" of a wife. That woman should be committed.

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Rachel lskkma July 19 2014 at 11:27 AM

Conservatorship and power of attorney cease at the principal's death, so unless she was named executrix, she won't have legal rights to handle his estate. I think that is deferred to the next of kin which is Jean. I believe she is the executrix of his estate anyway.

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malcolmx000 July 19 2014 at 10:54 AM

Its about respect, and respect for Caseys family children. Wow this is so sad that people have to do this kind of childish behavior. Let him die in dignity with a proper burial.

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liondog96 malcolmx000 July 19 2014 at 11:25 AM

I agree with you. Can you believe someone said "follow the smell?" Sick people out there.... Sniffing around like that would end you up with two snot nosed brats and a worthless pig at 1600.

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DLWig30 July 19 2014 at 11:33 AM

Unfortunately when Casey died, his daughter's conservatorship ended. Jean is afraid that an autopsy will show abuse and since elder abuse charges were being brought against her, she is running scared. Jean needs psychiatric help..no sane person would do the things she has done to this poor man, in his last days and in death. I hope Casey will be able to rest in peace soon.

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pllove49 DLWig30 July 19 2014 at 11:36 AM

Kerri sounds nutty as a fruit cake...haven't seen jean all over the news...

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Dickie P pllove49 July 19 2014 at 12:00 PM

Let's see do they have Califiornia roots here? Sounds like there is a, flake or nut involved in this. The guy is dead, may he be forever at peace.

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d1anaw pllove49 July 19 2014 at 12:10 PM

Really? Because the daughter is the one who is hiding the body in fear of an autopsy?

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coopdabomb July 19 2014 at 10:29 AM

He can't be to hard to find just follow the smell.

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biffcove July 19 2014 at 10:18 AM

Casey was a one of a kind. Let him rest in piece.

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priesthospice July 19 2014 at 11:32 AM

Of course Jean wants to hide the body. After she drove Casey all over creation trying to hide him from his kids, he developed horrible bed sores that likely led to his death. An autopsy would discover that and she could be charged with manslaughter!

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pllove49 priesthospice July 19 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ah BS...it's been a freakin' month...kerri pulls this stunt now...

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CMON9 July 19 2014 at 9:56 AM

To some people, the money is not enough!

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Michael July 19 2014 at 9:43 AM

the hole family is nuts put the man that loved you guys to rest them you can kill each other and nobody will care

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