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'Wizard of Oz'

Munchkin Dies at 93

11/16/2011 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Karl Slover
The guy who played the lead trumpeter in the Munchkin band in "The Wizard of Oz" died yesterday at the age of 93 ... reducing the number of living "munchkins" down to 3.

Karl Slover -- who played multiple munchkin roles in the 1939 classic --  passed away in a Georgia hospital after going into cardiopulmonary arrest.

Standing just 4-foot-5, Slover was actually one of the shortest Munchkins ... and even appeared at a "Wizard of Oz" event in Chicago just last week.

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croc    

what a great movie.
and he had a rough childhood. but came out strong
and lived a good life.thank you karl. RIP.

1019 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

will he get a casket for half price being as its only half as long..hmmm I wonder

1019 days ago
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me    

I just saw him on one of our local morning shows here in Chicago late last week. My daughter and I had one word for him...ADORABLE! He had the most beautiful smile the entire time and looked like he loved life. God Bless you Karl.

1019 days ago
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me    

I jus*****ched him on one of our local morning shows here in Chicago late last week. My daughter and I had one word for him...ADORABLE! He had the most beautiful smile the entire time, and looked like he was loving life. God Bless You Karl.

1019 days ago
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soulofanangel    

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EARTH lost a man and HEAVEN gained a good spirit. Rest in Peace Little Giant!
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1019 days ago
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Jay W.     

RIP Karl... 4'5 doesn't seem that he would have been one of the shortest. That seems a bit tall for a dwarf.

1019 days ago
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cindy    

RIP little munchkin.

1019 days ago
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Keedee    

May God have mercy on your soul, Mr. Slover. Rest In Peace.

1019 days ago
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Mikey    

Three Munchkins are still enough to recreate the Lollipop Guild skit.

1019 days ago
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Adrienne    

awwwh i was watching him on wgn's morning show last week. he had such a wonderful and contagious laugh.

1019 days ago
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Chuck D of Valpo    

Had the honor of meeting Karl a few years ago.

1019 days ago
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stu    

say hi to judy for me.

1019 days ago
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meena    

Karl- you were loved :) RIP

1019 days ago
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Poopey Poopstein    

RIP Karl, what joy you and everyone in that movie have given the world for generations past and still to come.

1019 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Ahh sweet man. Wizard of Oz was prob my all time fav movie when I was a kid. Still love it. RIP Karl. My thoughts are with your family.

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