Casey Kasem to Be Buried in Norway Two Months After Death: Report

Celebrity News Aug. 15, 2014 AT 7:10PM
Casey Kasem The body of the late Casey Kasem will be buried in Norway, according to a new report; the legendary American Top 40 radio host died at the age of 82 back in June Credit: Victor Spinelli/WireImage

The body of the late Casey Kasem will be buried in Norway, NBC News reported on Friday, Aug. 15. The legendary American Top 40 radio host died at the age of 82 back in June.

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Kasem's widow, Jean Kasem, submitted a written request on Aug. 7 for the late star to be buried in the capital of Oslo.

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"My heritage on my mother's side is Norwegian and I plan to move to Norway by the end of this year," she wrote. "Therefore, I would also like to be near my husband's resting place so my daughter and I could visit him often."

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Oslo's Managing Director of Funeral Service Wenche, Elizabeth Madsen Eriksson, also weighed in on the new development. "I don't even know if he's in Norway or if he is still in Canada," she told NBC News. "All I know is that the family has our permission to bury him in Oslo, if she wants to do that. As far as I know, he is not in Norway yet."

Tommy Thompson, Jean Kasem's nephew, however, tells Us: "As far as we know, we are English, German and Native American. We have never ever heard anyone speak of Norway or Norwegian for that matter in our house. We don't have an ounce of Norwegian blood to our knowledge."

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As previously reported, Kasem's eldest daughter Kerri Kasem claimed last month that her father's body was missing. Kerri and her siblings Julie and Mike fought for control of Kasem's care years leading up to his death. At the time of his passing, they told NBC News their wish was to "honor their father's wishes and bury him in Forest Lawn" where he always wanted to be.

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