Kasem’s family asks the government of Norway to deny his wife’s request to have him buried in Oslo, Norway. In a letter to Norway officials obtained by NBC News, 20 of Kasem’s relatives and friends claim Kasem never spoke of a desire to be buried in Norway and always wanted his final resting place to be in his hometown, Los Angeles. The letter, in part, reads:
As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends. Do not be fooled into believing his wife, Jean Kasem, who abandoned and isolated him during the last year of his life in favor of her boyfriend, John Paul Gressy.
Danny Deraney, a publicist for daughter Kerri Kasem, tells The Associated Press that Kasem’s wife, Jean, plans to bury Kasem in Norway. Kasem’s children work with a private investigator to see what can be done to stop an overseas burial. A date is not decided for the burial.
Kerri Kasem, the radio host’s daughter, claims Kasem’s body is missing. Kerri’s publicist claims that Casey’s wife, Jean Kasem, has removed her husband’s body from a funeral home in Washington state.
We are not surprised. We expected something like this to happen.
A statement from the family says that Kasem died before dawn in a California hospital surrounded by friends and family. Social media posts express the family’s sentiments.
Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.
Statements of support come in from fellow celebrities, including his American Top 40 replacement, Ryan Seacrest.
When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.
Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, accuses his wife, Jean, of elder abuse.
I want this evil woman in jail for what she has done to this family.
Her private investigator Logan Clarke says that the Santa Monica police “assured me they’re going to investigate” her for elder abuse.
The judge in Kasem’s conservatorship case reverses a ruling which required doctors to keep him alive with nourishment and medicines. Kasem’s children tell TMZ that their fathers’s health directive document states:
If the extension of my life would result in mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning, then I do not desire any form of life-sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration.
Jean Kasem said outside the court:
The judge decided to kill my husband today. The United States of America, the court system, this judge, the attorney, Kerri Kasem, and her hired liars decide to kill my husband today. They all have blood on their hands.
She also says that there was nothing wrong with Kasem until his daughter picked him up on June 1, and criticizes Califonia’s probate laws.
Jackson is interviewed by Kasem, who asks him about his origins in Gary, Indiana, his obsession with the word “magic”, the film’s that inspire him to create his work. They also ask Jackson about alternative career choices if he was not doing music.
When I see magic, I mean wonderment, that excitement, escapism, another world. There are other people that do that sort of thing like Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney. For the spectator it’s exciting, it’s entertaining, it’s joy, it’s love. I like to create magic, myself, I love magic.