A Childhood Favorite Passes Away: Meinhardt Raabe – 1915-2010
Countless generations have viewed the MGM Classic musical The Wizard of Oz, and it is with sadness that we add Meinhardt Raabe to the list of those whose passing we announce. Best known for his role as ‘The Coroner’ who proclaimed the ‘Wicked Witch of the East’ dead, Meinhardt was loved by hundreds of thousands of people. He passed away yesterday morning in a Florida hospital at age 94.
Meinhardt appeared at several Hollywood Shows over the years, and never tired of repeating the lines that made him famous. “As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.”
Now it is our turn to add a few thoughts of our own. “As an actor, we’ll remember you, and as a person, we will treasure you, for you’re not only merely in our hearts, you’re truly part of our hearts.” Farewell, Mr. Raabe. May there be a yellow brick road be waiting for you in Heaven.