Casey Kasem's body still not buried 1 month after death

One month after radio legend Casey Kasem's death, his daughter Kerri said he still hasn't been buried.
One month after Casey Kasem's death, his daughter Kerri Kasem said the radio legend still hasn't been buried.

Kerri said her father's wife, Jean, is refusing to bury the body and won't tell his family where she is keeping it.

"We think he's still in Washington," Kerri said in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News.

Kerri said she has no plans to fight Jean in court to retrieve the body.

"My father, my sister, my brother and I believe that when you pass on, you go. You don't stay with your body. Nobody takes their body to heaven," she said.

Kerri and Jean publicly and bitterly battled over Casey's care and visitation rights as his health deteriorated. Casey suffered from a debilitating form of dementia.

At one point, Jean threw raw meat towards Kerri. The incident was recorded by a cellphone camera.

"I have no idea why she threw raw meat at me," said Kerri.

Kerri said she and her siblings were able to be by their father's side for his final 15 days.

"We all had our hands on him when he took his last breath," she said.

But, Kerri said Jean was not there.

"We asked her to come many, many times through her lawyer. And, she didn't show up. We thought maybe he was waiting for her. Because he held on a long time," Kerri said.

Kerri said she is now focused on working with California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43rd District) in pushing AB 2034. The bill seeks to give judges more options for granting visitation rights for those with ailing family members.

Kerri said her father's example inspired her to work on this legislation.

"I think this is something my dad would have done. When there is injustice, he fought for the underdog," she said.

Casey's example also inspired Kerri to pursue a career in radio. She said since his passing, she can feel his spirit in the studio even more.

"I can feel him, I feel like he's right there in the room with me and I smile," she said.

More information about Kerri Kasem's foundation can be found at www.kasemcaresfoundation.org.

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