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Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Munchkin from 'The Wizard of Oz', Dies at Age 98: Cause of Death?

Updated On 07 Jun, 2018 Published On

Actor Jerry Maren, the green-clad tough member of the Lollipop Guild who famously handed Dorothy (Judy Garland) a giant lollipop in the 1939 classic film classic The Wizard of Oz, has died at the age of 98.

Born on 24 January 1920, 4 feet 3 inch tall Jerry was the longest-living member of the munchkins and also the last surviving little star to appear in the iconic film.

CAPTION: Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Munchkin from 'The Wizard of Oz', Dies at Age 98: Cause of Death? SOURCE: The Vintage News

The late actor's niece Stacy Michelle Barrington confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that his uncle died on May 24 in a San Diego nursing home. However, Jerry's death news only began circulating on Wednesday, June 6.

According to his nephew Lloyd Decker, the cause of death of 'The Wizard of Oz star' was congestive heart failure.

Jerry had been suffering from dementia for the past several years. He was diagnosed shortly after the death of his wife Elizabeth who passed away in 2011.

Jerry also appeared in dozens of other television shows, films and commercials, including Seinfeld and The Twilight Zone.