Meinhardt Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American actor. One of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, he was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film.
Raabe still made occasional appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions and celebrations across the country. In 2008 he was honored by the International Wizard of Oz Club with the organization’s L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
Death of Meinhardt Raabe
He died on April 9, 2010 from a heart attack at age 94.
He was the coroner in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, with his only lines being:
As coroner, I must aver
I thoroughly examined her
And she’s not only merely dead
She’s really, most sincerely dead!