Kasem’s voice serenades mourn­ers

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LOS ANGELES — Casey Kasem’s fam­ily and close friends cel­e­brated him in the same way much of Amer­ica did — by lis­ten­ing to his un­mis­tak­able ra­dio voice. Mourn­ers at a small pri­vate me­mo­rial Satur­day for Kasem heard his old ra­dio shows, in­clud­ing where he in­tro­duced mu­sic from Jimi Hen­drix, Joni Mitchell and the Bee Gees.

The cer­e­mony came a week af­ter Kasem’s death in Gig Har­bor, Wash., at age 82.

Fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tive Danny Der­aney told The As­so­ci­ated Press about 100 fam­ily mem­bers, close friends and busi­ness as­so­ciates gath­ered at the me­mo­rial at a church in the Bel Air neigh­bour­hood.

Kasem’s three chil­dren all spoke, and pop-mu­sic ar­ranger David Camp­bell played a vi­o­lin ver­sion of Stephen Sond­heim’s one of Kasem’s favourite songs.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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