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Wizard Of Oz star Jerry Maren dies aged 98


Original Munchkins Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini and Karl Slover attend the "Wizard of Oz" 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

The Wizard Of Oz's 'oldest Munchkin' Jerry Maren has died at the age of 98.

The US actor, who starred opposite Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, died last week after years of suffering from dementia.

Maren had been living at a San Diego nursing care facility in his later years, website TMZ reported, and his funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.

Maren had a string of small roles in on the small screen during his long career, but he is most remembered for his role as a munchkin from the Lollipop Guild in The Wizard Of Oz.

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