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The voice of Mickey Mouse dies

Wayne Allwine and Mickey Mouse

The man who has been playing the voice of Mickey Mouse for the past 32 years has died aged 62.

Wayne Allwine started work at Walt Disney in the mailroom in 1966, before getting a job in the company's sound effects department.

He took over as the voice of Mickey Mouse in 1977, and is only the third person ever to speak for Mickey.

When talking about giving the famous character a voice Allwine once said: "Mickey's the real star."

He added: "You know you just have to love the little guy while you have him, because he won't be yours forever."

Allwine died from complications from diabetes and was married to the woman who voices Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor.