After Kasem died June 15 at the age of 82, his wife, actress Jean Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem sparred over the burial. Along with fellow siblings Mike and Julie, Kerri filed a police report with the LAPD claiming their stepmother contributed to their father’s death. The elder abuse investigation examined whether a multi-state car trip Jean took Kasem on led to his fatal infection.
Kasem’s cause of death was first reported as “complications from dementia.”
The Dec. 16 burial occurred approximately six months after his death, following a long period of time for which it wasn’t even embalmed. The children accused their stepmother of delaying the process so as to prevent a medical examination into the cause of death. Given the decomposition, it is now doubtful the incident can be investigated further.
In the months leading up to Kasem's death, Kerri accused Jean of torturing her father, which included allegedly denying him necessary treatment for his illnesses.
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In Oct. 2013, his Mike, Kerri and Julie claimed that Jean wouldn’t allow them to visit their father. They staged a protest outside the couple’s estate, waving signs that read, “Let Casey See His Kids.” Two months later, Julie and Mike reached a confidential settlement with Jean granting them visitation; Kerri refused to sign the agreement.
Jean maintained she intended to have Kasem interred in Norway, because of her own Norwegian heritage, and because her plans to relocate there would allow her to visit him.