Roy E. Disney dies of stomach cancer at age 79

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Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79. The company announced that Disney died Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a year-long bout with stomach cancer.

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Walt got all of the attention and credit but Roy's father (Roy) had a lot to do with the early success of the Disney company. And, Roy E had a lot to do with the success of the modern company by orchestrating the hiring of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells and keeping hand drawn animation alive in the 80s and early 90s along with Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Kenmei's avatar

It is very sad to see him go. As my dad said, "Roy was the TRUE Sorcerer's Apprentice." I hope that he is in a better place and no longer suffering the pains of such a terrible disease.

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crazy horse's avatar

Very sad indeed.

Where is that picture of mickey mouse with the tear in his eye?

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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