The children, family and friends of broadcast legend Casey Kasem have not backed down in their ongoing struggle with his wife, Jean Kasem. In a letter signed by 20 of his closest friends and family members, the country of Norway was formally asked to deny Jean’s request to have her husband buried there.
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“As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends,” they wrote in the letter. “In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home of over 53 years.”
The letter goes on to allege that Jean Kasem fabricated her own Norwegian heritage, with her nephew Herbert “Tommy” Thompson saying, “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.”
The letter further alleges the family’s belief that Jean is attempting to have Casey Kasem buried in Norway “because of the ongoing investigation from local authorities of criminal elder abuse.”
In a separate letter, Mike Curb, former Lt. Gov. of California and one of Casey Kasem’s closest friends, stated that Casey Kasem wanted to be buried in California. According to a representative for Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri Kasem, her father “asked Mike Curb in 2010 to be buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burbank because he foresaw something like this happening with Jean.”
Curb wrote that he has offered to pay for Casey Kasem’s burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California, or any other place the family feels is appropriate. Curb’s letter, along with the family’s letter, was sent to Norwegian officials in response to Jean Kasem’s request to have him buried there.