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Disney boss Roy Disney has died from cancer, aged 79. The nephew of studio founder Walt Disney, Roy began working for the film company as an assistant director. He also produced True-Life Adventure films in the mid-1950s. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the company in 1957. Roy Disney resigned as an executive in 1977 due to disagreements with other corporate bigwigs and he resigned from the board in 1984 during a corporate takeover battle. Disney later returned to the company as vice-chairman of the board of directors and head of the animation department. He was a consultant and shareholder until his death on Wednesday. He is survived by ex-wife Patty, daughters Abigail and Susan, sons Roy and Timothy and 16 grandchildren.

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