Roy E. Disney Passes Away at the Age of 79

It's our sad duty to report that Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney former executive for the Walt Disney Company has passed away at the age of 79 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.

A stalwart fixture at Disney - his personal office was situated inside the magic hat atop Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California - he oversaw many of the company's greatest successes over the past few decades. The company released the following statement:

Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old.

Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period,
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