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There’s Only One Munchkin From the Wizard of Oz Still Alive

Jerry Maren
Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

If you thought Paul Walker’s death was a tragedy, wait until you hear this devastating news. Yesterday, one of the two surviving Munchkins from the 1939 movie the Wizard of Oz, Ruth Duccini (pictured below), passed away of natural causes at the age of 95.

Ruth Duccini
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

With Duccini’s passing, that means that there is only ONE surviving Munchkin left, 93 year old Jerry Maren. And just in case you’re having trouble figuring out which Munchkin Maren was, he was a member of the Lollipop Guild.

More specifically he was the one dressed in green, who hands Dorothy a lollipop when she arrives in Munchkin Land. You can see him in the video below. You should be able to recognize him pretty quickly.

In a matter of only 75 years, we have lost 123 of the 124 Munchkins that were a part of the Wizard of Oz.

And it seems like the days of Munchkins and the Lollipop Guild are numbered, although with the help science there’s no telling how much longer Maren could be around. One thing is certain though, when Maren dies, the Lollipop Guild dies as well.

Didn’t I tell you this was way more tragic than Paul Walker’s death?


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