Casey Kasem Finally Buried ... a Continent Away

He was laid to rest last week in Norway
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Casey Kasem Finally Buried— a Continent Away
In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

On Aug. 15, exactly two months after he died, we reported that Casey Kasem would finally be laid to rest, though in a head-scratcher of a location—Norway. It seems "finally" took a little longer than expected. TMZ reports Kasem was buried last Tuesday in Vestre Gravlund, which ranks among the country's largest cemeteries. Per the gossip site, his kids weren't there and didn't know the burial had occurred until yesterday.

Why Norway? Neither Kasem nor wife Jean Kasem has Norwegian roots, and speculation in August was that Jean was potentially trying to make it difficult to have the body exhumed to dodge his children's abuse accusations against her. TMZ runs with that thread, noting that the LAPD is investigating following a police report filed by the kids that alleges their dad developed a fatal infection when Jean moved him from California to Washington state. And as TMZ less-than-delicately puts it, "the body has been rotting away for months—for a long period of time it wasn't even embalmed." Between the body's condition and the foreign location, TMZ speculates that California officials won't be able to make a determination as to whether elder abuse was at play. (Meanwhile, Hollywood is still reminiscing about another celeb we lost ... in 2013.)

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