Tacoma Wash. Mortuary Sent Casey’s Remains to Montreal

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There was no immediate explanation for why Kasem’s remains would have gone to Eastern Canada 
Before his death, Casey Kasem’s daughter had been embroiled in a battle with his wife of the past 34 years, Jean Kasem, over the welfare of the legendary radio star.

ERIC JAMISON / AP

By: The Associated Press, Published on Sun Jul 20 2014

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SEATTLE—The head of a Washington state funeral home that had initial responsibility for radio personality Casey Kasem says he personally made sure his remains were put on a flight to Montreal last Monday.

Corey Gaffney, the president of Gaffney Funeral Home of Tacoma, says he confirmed the remains arrived in Montreal and media reports suggesting they have disappeared are not true.

Some U.S. media outlets quoted Kasem’s daughter Kerri as saying her father’s remains were missing.

In the months before his death June 15, Kasem’s daughter has been embroiled in a battle with his wife of the past 34 years, Jean Kasem, over the welfare of the legendary radio star.

A death certificate filed in a Washington State court July 15 listed Montreal funeral home Urgel Bourgie as the place of disposition, and July 14 as the date of disposition.

The Montreal funeral home told The Canadian Press on Saturday it had no record of Kasem’s remains as being at the facility or that they were supposed to arrive.

There was no immediate explanation for why Kasem’s remains would have gone to Montreal. Gaffney said he couldn’t comment on why Kasem’s wife picked Montreal or why Urgel Bourgie had no record of receiving Kasem’s remains.

”What we did was made sure that Casey got to the airport, we released custody of Casey to the airline,” Gaffney said in an interview Saturday night.

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