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Casey Kasem Saga Continues as Rumors Surface About His Europe-Bound Body

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 10:38 AM

Casey Kasem's widow Jean Kasem and his adult children from his first marriage continued their feud this week over where the late radio star's body will be laid to rest.

Kasem's children insist that Jean Kasem is attempting transport their father's body from a Montreal funeral home — where it was sent after he died in June — to Oslo, Norway, to avoid an elderly abuse investigation, TMZ reported.

Meanwhile, Kasem's widow maintains that the children's actions are just part of a money grab.

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"Their impatience for Casey to die was obvious when they killed him and now their impatience to collect on the life insurance is even more telling," Jean Kasem told TMZ.

Casey Kasem, the creator and host of the long-running "The America's Top 40," died June 15 at age 82 in Gig Harbor, Washington. According to the New York Daily News, a judge removed Kasem from his wife's care two weeks prior to his death after he entered critical condition with an infected bedsore.

"[Jean Kasem] knows there was only one autopsy done, the one that she requested, and she's hoping that pathologists will say things the way she wants them to be said," Logan Clarke, a private investigator hired by Casey Kasem's daughter, Kerri Kasem, told the Daily News. "She's now trying to keep the body as far away as possible from the children and any authority figures. She's trying to torture the kids."

Kasem's body was flown from Washington state to Montreal in July, a month after his death, leading his children to charge that he was missing. Kasem's death certificate, filed on July 15, lists the Urgel Bourgie funeral home in Montreal as the place of disposition.

Kasem died from Lewy body dementia, a malady with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. The feud between Jean Kasem and her adult stepchildren has played out for more than a year with charges and counter charges involving the radio host and his care. The children claimed a year ago that Jean Kasem denied them access to their father.

After a series of court hearings, a Los Angeles judge gave the Kasem children permission to withhold food, hydration, and their father's usual medication as they chose comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington state hospital.

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