Casey Kasem’s Daughter Will Go to His Grave for First Time (Unique)theinsiderinsight

In a couple of days Kerri Kasem will board a flight to Norway to see her father’s ultimate resting place for the primary time, a journey she admits feels extra bitter than candy. 

Initially, “it was an unmarked grave,” Kerri tells PEOPLE, opening up about the place the beloved radio deejay and TV character was laid to relaxation by his spouse Jean after he died on June 15, 2014. He was 82, and following years of decline attributable to superior Parkinson’s Illness and Lou Physique dementia, he reportedly died incapacitated and affected by sepsis and an ulcerated bedsore after spending his ultimate days mysteriously being moved from one state to a different. 

Of his far-off grave, “Somebody put a tiny little plaque there, this girl who lives in Oslo and who’d heard my dad’s story and was so unhappy about what had occurred,” says Kerri. It wasn’t till one other useful stranger discovered that grave and sought Kerri out on social media, that she says she even discovered the place her father’s stays had been. 

Casey Kasem’s Grave.

Courtesy of Kerri Kasem

She says that woman-turned-friend, is who will host her this week as she travels to pay her final respects. “When my father died, I mentioned to my brother and sister, 10 years goes to go by like that, and it’s actually right here.”

The day her father died is an emotional one for Kerri for extra causes than one. “He died on Father’s Day and on World Elder Abuse Day,” she says. When she found the latter, “I had chills in my physique, I couldn’t imagine it,” she says. “My dad couldn’t have given me a clearer signal. That’s what I imagine.”

Kerri, alongside together with her siblings Mike and Julie from Casey’s first spouse Linda Myers, have lengthy believed that he suffered elder abuse and neglect by the hands of spouse Jean. It’s one thing Kerri has spoken out about for a decade, together with via her Audible podcast Bitter Blood, that discusses her dad’s story in depth. 

“He was remoted and he or she would transfer him to maintain him from us,” Kerri claims of her stepmother who was accountable for Casey’s care as his well being deteriorated. “She’d put him in a hospital, go away him there for weeks so she didn’t should take care of him. It was horrifying.” Kerri additionally claims Jean buried Casey in Norway, in opposition to his needs to be laid to relaxation at Los Angeles’ common Forest Garden cemetery, as a ultimate blow to her and her siblings. All of those claims, Jean strongly denies.

Jean and Casey Kasem.

“Following the sickness and passing of my beloved husband of just about 38 years, I’ve confronted quite a few unfounded assaults from these looking for monetary acquire from his property,” she tells PEOPLE in an announcement by way of her lawyer George Braunstein.

“All through Casey’s sickness, I devoted myself to his care, striving to honor his needs and supply him with the absolute best assist. Regardless of years of authorized battles, I believed these points had been resolved. Nonetheless, Kerri continues to assault and demean me, pushed solely by a want for cash and a spotlight.”

Jean continues, “Somewhat than escalate this battle, I wish to reaffirm that my actions have at all times been guided by my love for Casey and my dedication to his well-being. I ensured he acquired the best care and was laid to relaxation in accordance with his needs. I sincerely hope that Kerri can discover peace and transfer ahead.”

Again in 2014 the splintered household, which incorporates Casey and Jean’s daughter Liberty, made headlines for his or her struggle over the star’s whereabouts within the days main as much as his dying. As PEOPLE reported on the time, Casey’s spouse checked him out of his Santa Monica medical facility in opposition to the advisement of medical workers in Might of that yr, and transported him to a resort in Las Vegas earlier than flying with him to Washington, the place an ambulance transported him to a personal residence.

Casey Kasem.
Photograph by Hulton Archive / Getty Photographs

“The driving force of the ambulance is required to report suspicions of elder abuse to grownup protecting providers. That is how we discovered [Jean and Casey] in Washington,” Scott Winship, Kerri’s lawyer on the time, instructed PEOPLE. “He hadn’t had acceptable medical take care of a few week and had a stage 3 to stage 4 compression ulcer.”

Although Kerri efficiently obtained a conservatorship and was by Casey’s aspect when he died in Washington, Jean took possession of his stays, finally transporting them to Norway. Kerri claims that all the debacle was the end result of years of abuse her dad skilled.

After divorcing Linda in 1979, Casey, then 48 and on the top of his profession internet hosting radio’s American Prime 40, married Jean, then 26 and an aspiring actress, in 1980. They welcomed daughter Liberty in 1990.

Casey Kasem with First Spouse Linda, and Youngsters Kerri, Mike and Julie.

Courtesy of Kerri Kasem

“She pretended to love us,” Kerri says of Jean’s emotions in the direction of her and her siblings, “till she acquired married after which she referred to as us ‘the opposite household.’ There was a yr the place she took us to toy shops and the seaside and issues had been enjoyable. Then they acquired married and it was very clear we weren’t a part of her household and he or she would say that.”

Kerri claims that Jean would additionally mistreat their father, even earlier than his fell sick. “It was simply her continuously yelling at him,” she claims. “We might hear it once we had been over there, it was simply screaming at him. And once we talked to a few of the caretakers and the housekeepers, we had them subpoenaed, and they might inform us he was screamed at every single day. He was handled horribly.”

Although she says she and her sibling begged her dad to depart Jean, “He beloved her very a lot. We would say, ‘simply go away, come stick with us, give her the cash,’ however he would not do it. He’d at all times say ‘It’s going to get higher.’ However in the direction of the tip, he did say he made a mistake.”

Kerri and Casey Kasem.

Courtesy of Kerri Kasem

In direction of the tip, “He by no means forgot who we had been,” says Kerri of her dad’s battle with dementia. “It was very onerous as a result of that man that had made his residing utilizing his voice might not converse and put ideas into phrases and I might see how horrible that was for him. And I simply knew he wasn’t being handled nicely and that is what killed me.”

Regardless of submitting a wrongful dying swimsuit in opposition to Jean, the district lawyer on the time determined there was inadequate proof. “I did the whole lot I might,” says Kerri of attempting to guard her father. It is actually unhappy and that is why I’ve form of devoted the final 10 years of my life to this trigger.

Casey and Kerri Kasem.

Courtesy of Kerri Kasem

At present Kerri is working with California senator Susan Rubio to place forth a invoice strengthening legal guidelines round elder care and conservatorship practices. “Issues have gotten to vary.”

As she prepares to embark on her journey to Norway, Kerri says she’s comforted by her and her father’s shared non secular beliefs. “My dad, like me, believed in reincarnation,” she says. “So though he is in Norway, He is like, I am not with my physique. That is not me. I am with you.”

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