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Ryan Seacrest says death of role model Casey Kasem is a loss for radio listeners

FILE - In this July 8, 1987 file photo, Casey Kasem and his wife Jean meet with reporters at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., upon the arrival of their group from the Soviet Union. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this July 8, 1987 file photo, Casey Kasem and his wife Jean meet with reporters at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., upon the arrival of their group from the Soviet Union. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.

Kasem, an internationally famous radio broadcaster with a cheerful manner and gentle voice, died Sunday at age 82.

He became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades.

Seacrest, who took over the countdown from Kasem in 2009, said in a statement that as a child, he'd listen to Kasem's show every weekend "and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ."

He says Kasem had a distinctive friendly on-air voice and will be greatly missed.

Kasem's legacy reached well beyond music. His voice was heard in TV cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo," where he was Shaggy, and in numerous commercials.

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