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"Laugh-In" announcer, voiceover veteran Gary Owens dead at 80

Gary Owens speaks during the "The Best of Laugh-In" panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on Jan. 8, 2011, in Pasadena, California.

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Gary Owens, the man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in the late 1960s, has died.

Fred Westbrook, Owens' agent, confirmed to CBS News that the veteran voiceover star died Thursday at his Los Angeles-area home. He was 80.

Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen movies and on scores of TV shows, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope specials. He also voiced hundreds of animated characters, recorded a comedy album and wrote two books.

Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and their sons, Scott and Chris. Owens suffered from diabetes and the family asks that donations be made to the Children's Diabetes Foundation in lieu of flowers.