Faces & Names: Kasem remembered by family, friends
Casey Kasem’s family and close friends remembered the radio legend at a private memorial service in Bel Air, Calif.
Between 100 and 150 mourners attended the memorial on Saturday at Bel Air Protestant Church, including Kasem’s adult children, said family spokesman Danny Deraney.
“The children — Kerri, Mike, Julie and Julie’s daughters gave speeches in addition to his close friends and brother,” Deraney said.
Many of Kasem’s former radio colleagues also attended but his widow, Jean, and her daughter were not present, according to Deraney.
The ceremony was held six days after Kasem died in Gig Harbor, Wash., at age 82.
The radio icon and voice of Shaggy on “Scooby Doo” had suffered from Lewy body disease, a progressive form of dementia, which left him unable to speak, eat or move on his own.
He was transferred to hospice care in Washington state shortly before his death following a weeks-long bitter battle between his wife and his adult children over the ailing star’s medical care.