Casey Kasem's Wife Taking His Body to Norway Against His Children's Wishes
"They just want their dad to be buried where he wanted to be buried," a rep for Kasem's daughter Kerri tells PEOPLE
The family feud began back in 2013 when Jean refused to allow Kasem’s adult children – Kerri, 42, Julie, 39, and Mike, 40 – to see their ailing father. And the series of sometimes bizarre battles has now come to a head with some close to the situation alleging that Jean is trying to escape a legal investigation of the children’s charges of elder abuse by disposing of her husband’s remains outside of the U.S.
“The bottom line is, Jean is hiding from authorities,” a rep for Kasem’s daughter Kerri tells PEOPLE of Jean’s decision to take her husband’s body to Norway. “She’s hiding the body away from the authorities, family and friends.”
Jean – who has the legal rights to Kasem’s body – originally collected her husband’s remains from St. Anthony Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. But a month after his death, Kasem remained unburied in a nearby funeral home. A few days later, his body went missing from the funeral home.
“She has been doing things like this her whole life, according to the children,” says the rep. “Who takes a body to a place where he has allegedly never been? It makes no sense at all. They are obviously not happy about it, but what can they do?”
One thing Kerri is doing: lobbying through the Kasem Cares Foundation for legislation in the California state senate that would give visitation rights to adult children with an ailing parent. But when it comes to her own father, her rep says she can only hope for the best.
“They just want their dad to be buried where he wanted to be buried – Forest Lawn [in Glendale, California,]” the rep says of Kasem’s children. “They’d like to be able to visit him.”