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Legendary radio host Casey Kasem dies at 82

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One of the most iconic and legendary voices in radio has fallen silent. 

"American Top 40" host and acclaimed voice-over actor Casey Kasem has died after a series of health problems in recent months.

Even if you don't know the face, there's a good chance you know that voice.

"It's always sad when a friend passes," said "Shotgun Tom" Kelly. 

Radio personality "Shotgun Tom" Kelly was good friends with Kasem and says without him, radio just won't be the same.

"He was well known - not only in the U.S., but quite possibly around the world. And it takes a super talent to do that because American Top 40 was only on four hours a weekend on some stations," Kelly said. 

Kasem hosted the popular "American Top 40" program for decades. And, in an industry full of shock jocks, it was his simple, yet sincere style that garnered millions of listeners. There were also those listener letters.

"And he would read those letters on the air and that was a lot of the content for his show. And by doing that, you make a personal contact with that listener. And that is so valuable," Kelly said. 

While he was best known for radio, not many know about his other voice work. That's right, one of the many cartoon voices he did was Shaggy, from Scooby Doo.

"I would be with Casey and he would do Shaggy for children and they would be delighted when they heard his impression and see Casey turn into Shaggy," Kelly said. 

He got to know another side of Kasem when the two co-hosted the MDA telethon in Los Angeles.

"If somebody needed some help he would reach out. If he believed in the cause. But most of all he would have to believe in the cause and if he did - you had Casey Kasem's 100 percent help," Kelly said. 

He was a radio giant, who always had time for the little people. For Shotgun, he was as good as it gets.

"I will miss Casey's voice. I think we all will. We'll miss that wonderful, smooth, presentation that he gave us," he said. "There's no replacing the real Casey Kasem."

Kasem retired in 2009.

In his final years, he suffered from progressive dementia and was at the center of a bitter family feud between Jean Kasem, his wife of 34 years, and his children from his first marriage.
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