DEAD: Jerry Maren

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Jerry Maren (aged 98)
American actor best known for his role as a Munchkin in the 1939 movie The Wizard Of Oz

Gerard Marenghi (January 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018), known as Jerry Maren, was an American actor who played a Munchkin member of the Lollipop Guild in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, The Wizard of Oz. He became the last surviving Munchkin following the death of Ruth Duccini on January 16, 2014, and was also the last surviving cast member with a speaking or singing role.

DEATH: Maren died in San Diego, California, at a nursing facility center in La Jolla, California on May 24, 2018, aged 98, from a combination of old age-related diseases including cachexia, heart failure and senile dementia. Maren left no immediate survivors. At the time of his death, he was the last surviving member of The Wizard of Oz’s adult Munchkin cast, as well as the last surviving actor to have co-starred in a film starring the Marx Brothers.

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