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Radio star Casey Kasem's remains moved from funeral home against children's wishes

Published on Jul 19, 2014 11:56 AM
 
Casey Kasem poses with his Radio Icon Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada on 2003. His remains have been moved from a Washington state funeral home, against the wishes of three of his adult children, a spokesman for the siblings said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The remains of radio personality Casey Kasem have been moved from a Washington state funeral home, against the wishes of three of his adult children, a spokesman for the siblings said on Friday.

Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40" who died on June 15 at age 82, had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage and his second wife Jean Kasem.

They said she had prevented them from visiting him as he suffered from Lewy body dementia, a malady with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.

As his health deteriorated, a Los Angeles judge sided with the children and permitted them to withhold food, hydration and his usual medication as they chose comfort-oriented, end-of-life care at a Washington state hospital.

 
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