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    We lost another one. RIP Joe Grant.

    Disney Legend Joe Grant Dies at 96

    Mon May 9,11:53 PM ET

    GLENDALE, Calif. - Artist and writer Joe Grant, who created such Disney characters as the queen-witch character in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and co-wrote "Dumbo," has died. He was 96.

    Grant had a heart attack Friday while working at the drawing board in his Glendale home's studio, according to a statement released by Walt Disney Co.

    Grant's time at Disney spanned more than six decades, starting with his work on early movies like "Snow White" and culminating with later films like "Pocahontas." He was named an official Disney legend at a ceremony in 1992.

    "With his vast knowledge of art and literature, Grant was considered the studio's top intellectual and he had a profound influence on the films that got made," the company's statement said.

    Disney hired Grant in 1933 to work on the animated short "Mickey's Gala Premiere."

    He was later tapped to design the queen-witch character in "Snow White" and was made head of a department that served as a think tank for future animated projects, including "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia."

    Grant also co-wrote "Dumbo" and conceived "Lady and the Tramp" with his wife.

    He left the company in 1949 to start his own businesses, but returned to Disney 40 years later to work on "Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Pocahontas" and "Mulan."

    "We were so incredibly fortunate to have had Joe at the studio sharing his creativity and enthusiasm, and inspiring young talent for such a long time," said David Stainton, president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

    More than 70 of Grant's caricatures are included in the permeant collection at the
    Smithsonian Institution and he received a Ruben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1996.

    Grant is survived by two daughters. His wife of 70 years, Jennie, died in 1991.
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    Died at his drawing board at 96. We should all be so lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Died at his drawing board at 96. We should all be so lucky.
    No shit.
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    Wish I can die at my drawing board out of over excitement while drawing something exciting...

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    *bows head*

    He was one of the 9 Old Men, was he not? And yes, we should all be so lucky, shouldn't we? I wonder what his last drawing was...

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    *bows head to*
    I agree with everyone regarding the way he died. I hope my time comes at such a high age and while doing something i love. But it kinda hurts nevertheless. After all it reminds us that our flesh isn`t immortal. But that dosn`t count for names. So we should not forget him and keep his name and work alive...
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    *nods in respect*
    yeah...it's a fine way to die.
    although i plan to go to africa with 100 and let myself rip to pieces by hyenas.
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    What a way to go. It's hard to mourn someone who led such a long and full life. Seems more appropriate to just celebrate their accomplishments.

    Although it would probably be really frustrating to die halfway through a drawing.

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