Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

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Casey Kasem To Be Buried In Norway

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday.

Kasem, the host of "American Top 40," died June 15 in Washington at age 82. His death followed a lengthy battle over his care between his wife, Jean Kasem, and his three adult children from his first marriage.

Wenche Madsen Eriksson, spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital, said Jean Kasem also told the agency of plans to move to Norway later this year and said having her late husband interred there would allow her to visit him.

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Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Casey Kasem (R) attends the 17th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 25, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 15: Radio personality Casey Kasem (c) and his children Mike and Kerri arrive at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 15: Radio personality Casey Kasem arrives at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 15: Legendary DJ Casey Kasem arrives with wife Jean at the Museum of Television and Radio's gala tribute to Barbara Walters at the Beverly Hills Hotel November 15, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: DJ Casey Kasem attends the Seventh Annual Awards Dinner 63rd birthday celebration for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. The event was sponsored by the Rainbow/Push and the Citizenship Education Fund. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Casey Kasem arrives at the 13th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Black Tie Gala, February 29, 2004 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Casey Kasem (R) and guest arrive at the 13th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Black Tie Gala, February 29, 2004 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: American Top 40 host Casey Kasem and his wife Jean arrive at The Museum of Television & Radio's annual Los Angeles Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on November 10, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: (TABS OUT, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Casey Kasem poses before the Museum of Television & Radio's Annual Los Angeles Gala on November 10, 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT) Radio personality Casey Kasem accepting award on stage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT) Singer JC Chasez (L) and radio personality Casey Kasem hug on stage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 19: Casey Kasem with his daughters Carrie (L) and Julie attends the 2nd Annual 'Runway for Life' celebrity fashion show benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and celebrating the DVD release of the Academy Award winning film 'Chicago' at the Beverly Hilton August 19, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Jean and Casey Kasem at The Museum of Television and Radio's annual Los Angeles gala to honor Ted Danson and Dick Wolf at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Radio & television personality Casey Kasem attends the WB Network's 2002 Summer Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on July 13, 2002 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Casey Kasem was a presenter at 'The 6th Annual Prism Awards' at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, May 9, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
403225 06: Radio personality Casey Kasem attends the funeral for late comedian Milton Berle at Hillside Memorial Park April 1, 2002 in Culver City, CA. Berle died of colon cancer March 27, 2002 at age 93. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
395097 05: DJ Radio Casey Kasem arrives at Worldfest September 30, 2001 in Van Nuys, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
391363 08: Singer Pat Boone, second from right, poses with, from left, Bo Hopkins, Casey Kasem and David Leisure July 2, 2001 during an American Red Cross Blood Drive in Los Angeles, CA. Boone''s grandson, singer Ryan Corbin, was hospitalized after falling from a three story building on June 19, 2001. Boone has been gathering his celebrity friends to donate blood to promote what the Red Cross is describing as a critical blood shortage. (Photo by Getty Images)
393673 02: DJ Casey Kasem attends the Muscular Dystrophy Association 28th Annual Jerry Lewis Pre-Telethon Extravaganza August 25, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. The telethon will air September 2, 2001. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
391363 04: DJ Casey Kasem, left, poses with singer Pat Boone during an American Red Cross Blood Drive July 2, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. Boone has been gathering celebrity friends to donate blood for a critical blood shortage after his grandson singer Ryan Corbin was hospitalized after falling out of a three story building on June 19, 2001. (Photo by Getty Images)
386195 10: Actor/producer Casey Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem arrive at the 21st Annual St. Jude Hollywood Gala March 1, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
382329 19: Radio legend Casey Kasem arrives at the Hollywood Christmas Parade with his wife Jean and daughter Liberty, November 26, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
382329 18: Radio legend Casey Kasem arrives at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, November 26, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
381117 22: Casey Kasem arrives at the premiere of Paramount's 'Rugrats in Paris - The Movie' November 5, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
10/4/99 Beverly Hills, CA. Jean and Casey Kasem at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel during Reverend Jesse Jackson's visit in L.A. to celebrate a special 58th birthday tribute to the civil rights movement. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc.
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Kasem's body is in an Oslo funeral home and has not yet been buried, said Danny Deraney, a Los Angeles spokesman for the Kasem family members who are disputing Jean Kasem's burial plans for her husband.

The family members have signed a letter saying Jean Kasem "doesn't have an ounce of Norwegian blood," Deraney said Tuesday.

Other relatives and friends say Kasem had wished to be buried at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles.

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