Walt Disney's daughter, Diane, dead at 79

Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Diane Disney Miller died at her home in California's Napa Valley from complications of a September fall, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was 79.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller and our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time," Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co., said in a statement Tuesday. "As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father's legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In her memory and honor, flags at the Disney Studio Lot in Burbank and at our theme parks will be flown at half-mast."

The Times said Miller is survived by her husband, Ron, as well as by their sons Christopher, Walter, Ronald and Patrick; daughters Joanna and Tamara Miller and Jennifer Miller-Goff; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Her sister, Sharon Disney Lund, died in 1993, the newspaper said.

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