Saturday 18 November 2017

Munchkin coroner actor dies at 94

Meinhardt Raabe has died aged 94
Meinhardt Raabe has died aged 94

Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead", has died aged 94.

His carer, Cindy Bosnyak, said Raabe died at a hospital in Orange Park, Florida. He was one of the few surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film.

Ms Bosnyak said Raabe complained of a sore throat at his retirement community before collapsing and going into cardiac arrest. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Centre, where he later died, she said.

Raabe was one of the 124 Munchkins in the film classic and one of only nine who had speaking parts.

He was 22 years old and a showbusiness veteran, earning money for college as a "midget" performer, as they were called then, when the movie was shot in 1938.

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