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Oz Munchkin Mickey Carroll dies

Mickey Carroll
In 2007 Mickey Carroll received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, has died aged 89.

A statement posted on his website said the star, who would have turned 90 in July, had "passed away peacefully after a period of declining health".

He had suffered from heart problems and received a pacemaker in February.

In the movie Carroll escorted Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to the Emerald City and said the famous line: "Follow the yellow brick road."

In 2007 he told news agency The Associated Press that the Munchkins only made only $125 (£82) a week while filming the movie that went to become a classic.

That same year Carroll and six other surviving Munchkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Wizard of Oz was Carroll's only movie.

When it appeared on TV in the 1960s, he found a new career, appearing at charitable and Oz-related events.

"It's not me, it's the movie," he once said. "When they see me, they think of their childhood, and it makes them smile."



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