Ruthie Tompson, the last living link to the earliest days of Walt Disney’s animation studio has died aged 111.
Tompson was named as a Disney Legend in 2000, and appeared alongside Whoopi Goldberg at Disney’s D23 Expo in 2020.
Born in 1910, Tompson first came across the Disney brothers as a child when she passed their makeshift studio in Los Angeles’ Kingswell Avenue, near her home.
In a statement, the Walt Disney Company said Tompson had “passed away peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday at her home at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement complex in Los Angeles.
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