Roy E. Disney dies of stomach cancer at age 79

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:25 PM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

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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Thursday, December 17, 2009 8:42 AM

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.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:34 AM

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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Sunday, December 20, 2009 3:01 PM

Very sad indeed.

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

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