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Daughter seeks right for autopsy of Casey Kasem

PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Publication: The Day

Published July 19. 2014 4:00AM

A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating or removing his remains from a funeral home.

Kasem died June 15 at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. But court records show his body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma.

Kasem's three children fought a bitter legal battle with Kasem's second wife over control of his health care in his final months.

Daughter Kerri Kasem this week asked a Pierce County Superior Court judge for authorization to seek an autopsy on her father and a temporary restraining order to ensure his body is held in cold storage and not cremated until that autopsy is completed.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper ordered Kasem's second wife of 34 years, Jean, to ensure that the radio hosts' remains are preserved and that his body remains at the funeral home until the court decides on the autopsy petition on July 25.

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