One of the last of the 124 actors who played Munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” has died. The Huffington Post reports that Karl Slover died Tuesday in Georgia at 93.
Slover, who played the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins band along with other roles in the movie, died of cardiopulmonary arrest, the story says. He reportedly was appearing at events in the Chicago area as recently as last weekend.
Slover stood 4-foot-5 and was one of the smallest of the male Munchkins, the story reports.
The story adds: “Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins.”