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Last Munchkin Dies at 98

FILE - Jerry Maren is pictured at a 70th anniversary gala for "The Wizard of Oz" in New York, Sept. 24, 2009. Maren, the last surviving munchkin from the classic film, died May 24, 2018, at a San Diego nursing home. He was 98.

The last Munchkin has died.

Actor Jerry Maren was the last survivor of the group of little people known as Munchkins who greeted Judy Garland's Dorothy when she landed in Munchkinland in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. He died May 24 at age 98 in a San Diego nursing home, but news of his death did not become widely known until Wednesday.

Maren immortalized himself as a member of the Lollipop Guild when he sang, shuffled his feet and presented Dorothy with a lollipop.

He appeared in countless television shows and commercials and in dozens of other movies, most notably the Marx Brothers' At the Circus.