A month after Casey Kasem died in a Washington hospital, the legendary radio icon has not been buried, a spokesman for his daughter confirmed with KING 5. NBC News first reported the story.
Kasem, the original host of the popular weekly radio show "American Top 40" and the voice of Shaggy in the "Scooby-Doo" cartoons, died on June 15 in hospice at St. Anthony's Hospital after a battle with Lewy Body dementia. He was 82.
Kasem's second wife of 33 years, Jean, has the rights to his body but has not arranged for him to be moved out of a Washington morgue, said spokesman Danny Deraney, who represents the DJ's eldest daughter, Kerri, from his first marriage. Kerri Kasem declined to be interviewed by NBC News but said in a recent appearance on "The View" that her father wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Kerri Kasem and her two siblings, Julie and Mike, have said their stepmother kept them from visiting or calling their father for nearly a year before he died. The conflict between the Kasem siblings and their stepmother played out in Washington state after Jean took Casey from his nursing home and brought him north.
Perhaps the oddest moment in the showdown between stepmother Jean and daughter Kerri came when Casey was removed from a Washington home to be transported to a hospital. At the time, Jean screamed at medics and threw raw meat at Kerri.
They held a memorial service for their father last month. Jean Kasem did not attend the service, according to Kerri Kasem. Jean Kasem and her attorney did not return phone calls from NBC News.