A month after Casey Kasem died in a Washington hospital, the legendary radio icon has not been buried, a spokesman for his daughter told NBC News. 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. 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.
First published July 15 2014, 7:43 AM
Maria Elena Fernandez
Maria Elena Fernandez is the Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. She started this role in May 2013. Fernandez is responsible for covering televsion, film, music, pop culture, and celebrity justice for NBCNews.com and Today.com. Fernandez reports to entertainment editor Courtney Hazlett.
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She previously worked at The Daily Beast and Newsweek. Before that, Fernandez was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times for 12 years. She also spent many years on the crime beat as a staff writer at The Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fernandez is the author of a children's book, "The Secret of Fern Island," which was published in 1996 under a pseudonym so that she wouldn't be stalked by screaming children. Fernandez is a member of the National Hispanic Journalists Association and the Television Critics Association.