Although well-known radio star Casey Kasem died on June 15, his name continues to remain in the media headlines. Before his death, the public learned about a legal court battle between wife Jean Kasem and his children from a previous marriage. The family argued over who would provide the best care for the dying star. A judge eventually ruled on the side of daughter Kerri Kasem. On Friday, ABC news reported that Kerri Kasem claims her father’s body was missing. Kasem’s wife has denied the accusation.
Kerri Kasem said Gaffney Mortuary told her that her father’s body was removed from the mortuary. A representative for Kerri Kasem told ABC News she has not seen her father’s body since his death. Kasem died at 82 after suffering from dementia. According to CNN, Casey Kasem’s body still remains unburied. However, Jean Kasem told CNN the body was not missing; she also did not provide any additional information about the body’s location. .
The Kasem family battle is an unfortunate and controversial ending to a man known for his radio voice. He also provided the original voice of Shaggy for the Scooby Doo series at different times from 1969 to 2009.
According to the Biography website, Kasem was born in Detroit on April 27, 1932. His radio career began in high school. He would then take his talents to the Armed Forces Radio after the Army drafted and sent him to Korea. Once he returned to America, he landed small acting roles and began doing voice work for cartoons and radio. He provided the voice for Robin the Boy Wonder and many other memorable cartoon characters. In 1970, he began hosting the American Top 40, which he hosted the program until 1998. Every week, he would play the most popular music hits. He also did dedications and created his famous signoff: "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."