Casey Kasem Laid To Rest in Bel Air Funeral
Mourners heard the legendary broadcaster's voice once more before he was laid to rest.
Casey Kasem has been laid to rest in a private funeral in Bel Air that took place on Saturday (21st June). Mourners gathered to pay their respects to the late radio star and voice actor and were met with a recorded tribute to Kasem's lengthy showbiz career. Kasem died on Sunday 15th June after a long illness aged 82.
Casey Kasem [Centre] and his kids in 2003 [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Carlo Allegri]
A rep for the family, Danny Deraney told The AP that about 100 family members, close friends and business associates gathered at the memorial at a church in the Bel Air neighbourhood. Clips from Kasem's old radio shows, including American Top 40 were played to remember the talented and distinctively-voiced media icon.
Funeral attendees heard the late DJ introduce music by Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and the Bee Gees in his characteristically warm and sincere style. Additionally, Kerri, Mike and Julie - three of Kasem's four children - spoke, and pop music arranger David Campbell performed a violin version of Stephen Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns,' which was one of Kasem's favourite songs.
"The children - Kerri, Mike, Julie and Julie's daughters gave speeches in addition to his close friends and brother," Deraney said. "The day ended with a wonderful video presentation created by Mike Kasem," the rep added.
Kasem's wife, Jean, and her daughter Liberty were notable absentees at the ceremony, perhaps owing to a bitter dispute over Kasem's care in the period before his death. Jean clashed with Kasem's daughter from his former marriage, Kerri, who wanted to see through the wishes outlined in her father's will.
The longtime radio host and voice of Scooby Doo's Shaggy had been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, an illness closely associated to Parkinson's disease that robbed him of his ability to speak in the months before his death.
Kerri and her siblings made the controversial decision to see out their father's wishes for comfort-oriented care if the extension of his life "would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning"; a decision that Jean fought hard against.