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Roy E. Disney

AP Photo/Francois Mori

The kid who coined "Uncle Walt" and grew up to save Disney's animation studio after years of disarray has died. Roy E. Disney succmbed to complications from stomach cancert at 79.

The nephew of Walt Disney, Roy was largely responsible for providing the soundtrack to the childhoods of kids in the '80 and '90s. With the help of a couple guys named Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy oversaw such latter-day classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King (after years of flops like The Black Cauldron), earning himself a personal fortune of roughly $600 million.

And that's not Mickey Mouse money. Except for the part that is.

RIP, Roy!


Take a look back at what other luminaries we lost this year in our gallery of 2009's Fallen Stars.