Reuters reports that sound-effects specialist Wayne Allwine, who followed in the footsteps of Walt Disney to provide the falsetto voice of Mickey Mouse for the past 32 years, has died.
Allwine succumbed to complications from diabetes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday. He was 62.
He was only the third person to lend his voice to the iconic character. Disney himself started voicing Mickey Mouse in 1928, when he made his talking debut in Steamboat Willie. Jimmy Macdonald took over the responsibilities in 1947 and handed over the reins to his protege Allwine in 1977.
“Wayne dedicated his entire professional life to Disney, and over the last 32 years, gave so much joy, happiness and comfort to so many around the world by giving voice to our most beloved, iconic character, Mickey Mouse,” Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said.
Allwine is survived by his wife, Russi Taylor, who provides the voice of Minnie Mouse, and five children from previous marriages.