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Meinhardt Raabe, the Last of the Living Munchkins From "The Wizard of Oz" Has Died

Meinhardt Raabe, the last of the living Munchkins from "The Wizard Of Oz" has died. "The Wizard Of Oz" is an iconic 1939 film based upon Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin, Clara Blandick and several "Munchkins."

Raabe, the last living cast member of "The Wizard Of Oz" who spoke dialog, passed away on April 10, 2010 at the Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, Florida. Raabe's death was caused by cardiac arrest. Raabe was 98. In the film, Raabe portrayed the coroner who pronounced the Wicked Witch of the West dead with the lines " As Corononr, I must aver. I thoroughly examined her. And she's not only merely dead. She's really, most sincerely dead."

Prior to acting, Raabe was the first person to travel in Oscar Meyer's Weinermobile in 1936 as a spokesman for Oscar Mayer. At 3 1/2 feet tall, he was known "Little Oscar, World's Smallest Chef."
Raabe also successfully completed college with an accounting degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1937.

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