Actor Jerry Maren, who portrayed a Munchkin in the hit film ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, has died, at the age of 98. Jerry had been the oldest surviving member of the group known in the musical as the Lollipop Guild. He died last week at a nursing facility in San Diego. His cause of death has not been disclosed, but he had been living with dementia in the years leading up to his death. Jerry at an event in 2013 (Photo: John M. Heller via Getty Images) More The late actor is best known for starring opposite Judy Garland in the scene where Dorothy first arrives in Oz, and is greeted by the Munchkins, one of whom - Jerry’s character - hands her a welcoming lollipop. After ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, Jerry took a break from the silver screen for three decades, before appearing in a string of varying film roles, including the 1968 ‘Planet Of The Apes’ film, the sci-fi parody ‘Spaceballs’ and the comedy ‘Under The Rainbow’. Jerry (in green) in the 1939 film 'The Wizard Of Oz' (Photo: MGM) More He also appeared in bit parts in a number of TV shows over the years, including ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘Seinfeld’, ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Bewitched’. Jerry’s final credit was in the 2010 serial killer film, ‘Dahmer vs. Gacy’. For 36 years, Jerry was married to his wife, Elizabeth Barrington, an actress and fellow member of the LPA (Little People Of America), until her death in 2011, a romance he said had made him feel “the luckiest guy in the world”. Jerry’s funeral is set to be held at Forest Lawn in Hollywood over the weekend. Watch his most iconic scene from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ below: JANUARY Story continues JANUARY Mark E Smith Frontman with The Fall (b. 1957) The former dockworker formed The Fall in the mid-1970s and the band went on to be one of Britain’s best-loved cult bands, famous for an anarchic post-punk style and Smith’s habit of sacking bandmates. He was 60 when he passed away at home. More JANUARY Eddie Clarke Musician (b. 1950)
The former Motorhead guitarist, known to fans as ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke,
died at the age of 67 following a battle with pneumonia
. He joined the rock band in 1976 but left in 1982 following the release of fifth album ‘Iron Fist’, after he was reportedly unhappy with how that album turned out.
More JANUARY John Paul Steuer Actor (b. 1984)
child star, best known for being the first person to play Klingon Alexander Rozhenko in ‘The Next Generation’,
passed away on New Year’s Day
. He was 33.
More JANUARY Doreen Keogh Actress (b. 1924)
Doreen, who played the first ever barmaid in ‘
died "peacefully in her sleep" after a long illness
, at the age of 91. The Irish actress played Rovers Return barmaid Concepta Riley in the first episodes of ‘Corrie’ in the 1960s. She stayed with the ITV soap for four years, starring in 321 episodes.
More JANUARY Jessica Falkholt Actress (b. 1988)
‘Home And Away’
star died at the age of 29, three weeks after being
seriously injured in a car crash
in Australia on Boxing Day 2017. Jessica's parents and sister were also killed in the accident.
More JANUARY Mark Salling Actor (b. 1982)At the time of his death, the 'Glee' star was awaiting sentencing having pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography in December 2017. His cause of death was later confirmed as suicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner. More JANUARY Rasual Butler and Leah LaBelle Ex-NBA Player (b. 1979) and 'American Idol' star (b. 1977)
Leah, who found fame when she was a finalist on the 2004 series of ‘American Idol’ died with her former professional basketball player husband Rasual
when their car crashed in LA. More FEBRUARY Dennis Edwards Singer with The Temptations (b. 1943)
The family of the US star confirmed he had passed away in hospital
one day before his 75th birthday.
The cause of death was not revealed.
More FEBRUARY John Mahoney Actor (b. 1940)
The British-born star starred in US sitcom 'Frasier’ as the father of the titular character for more than 10 years.
He died in hospice care in Chicago
on 4 February.
More FEBRUARY Emma Chambers Actress (b. 1964)
The 53-year-old star was best-known for her role as Alice Tinker in ‘
The Vicar of Dibley
between 1994 and 2007. She also starred in
and the TV adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit.
More MARCH David Ogden Stiers Actor (b. 1942)
The American star, best known for playing Major Charles Emerson Winchester in the US war-based comedy M*A*S*H,
lost his battle with bladder cancer. More MARCH Morgana King Musician and actress (b. 1930) More MARCH Ken Dodd Comedian and Entertainer (b. 1927)
The National Treasure, famous for his epic stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick,
died just days after leaving hospital
. He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, just two days before he passed away.
More MARCH Jim Bowen TV presenter and comedian (b. 1937)
Best known for presenting the cult darts-based game show ‘
’, the comedian died in March, aged 80 having previously suffered difficulties with his health after suffering a stroke in 2016.
More MARCH Katie Boyle Actress and Eurovision Song Contest presenter (b. 1926) “The Italian-born actress, TV personality, agony aunt, game show panellist and dog lover, died peacefully at home,” her publicist said. More MARCH Sir Stephen Hawking Physicist, Cosmologist, Author (b. 1942) The renowned British physicist, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, died at the age of 76,at his home in Cambridge. His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space’s all-consuming black holes. More APRIL Timmy Matley Singer with The Ovetones Timmy, who usually took lead vocals in The Overtones, joined the band in 2010. (b. 1982) More APRIL Alex Beckett Actor (b. 1982) The actor, best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC sitcom 'W1A' died at the age of 36. More APRIL Dale Winton TV Star (b. 1955) The legendary presenter, best known for 'Supermarket Sweep' and 'In It To Win It', died at home. More APRIL Avicii DJ (b. 1989) Avicii's death, at the age of 28, stunned the music world and stars including Nile Rodgers paid tribute. More APRIL Matt Campbell 'Masterchef: The Professionals' Chef (b. 1989) Matt died after collapsing at the 22.5 mile mark of the London Marathon. He was running in memory of his father. More APRIL Verne Troyer Actor (b. 1969) Best known for playing Mini Me in the ‘Austin Powers’ movies, Verne died at the age of 49. More JUNE Jackson Odell Actor (b. 1997) Jackson found fame as a teen and went on to star in shows including 'iCarly', 'Modern Family' and, most notably, 'The Goldbergs'. More JUNE Joe Jackson Musician (b. 1928) The patriarch of the Jackson family who managed the Jackson 5 and his son Michael Jackson, died aged 89 of pancreatic cancer. More JUNE Neal E Boyd Actor (b. 1975) Neal was best known as the opera singer who won the third series of 'America's Got Talent'. He later released the album, 'My American Dream', and toured with fellow 'Got Talent' winner, Paul Potts. More JUNE Leslie Grantham Ex-'EastEnders' star Leslie died after a short period of illness. Actor (b. 1947) More JUNE XXXTentacion The rapper was shot dead in Florida. Rapper (b. 1998) More JULY Sophie Gradon The reality star was found dead at her parents' home. 'Love Island' contestant (b. 1985) More AUGUST Barry (Chuckle) Elliott Comedian (b. 1944) Known as one half of the comedy duo the 'Chuckle Brothers', Barry died aged 73. He had bone cancer that had spread to his lungs prior to his death. Known for his slapstick comedy and catchphrase "to me, to you" with his brother Paul, Barry delighted a generation of British children. More AUGUST Aretha Franklin Singer (b. 1942) The Queen of Soul died aged 76 after a fight with advanced pancreatic cancer. An icon that defined soul and R&B music, she won 18 Grammys and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More AUGUST Stefan Karl Stefansson Actor (b. 1975) Stefan was known for playing the antagonist, Robbie Rotten on the BBC children's show 'Lazy Town'. He originally appeared on the show from 2004 to 2007, before returning in 2013 until the show finished the following year. He died of bile duct cancer, which he had been suffering from for two years. More SEPTEMBER Rachael Bland Radio Presenter (b. 1978) Rachael Bland was a Welsh journalist, and served as a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live. She died after a two year battle with breast cancer, during which she had documented her experiences through a podcast called 'You, Me And The Big C'. More SEPTEMBER Burt Reynolds Actor (b. 1936) Burt Reynolds was an Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in titles like 'Boogie Nights' and 'Deliverance'. He died after going into cardiac arrest. More SEPTEMBER Peter Benson Actor (b. 1943) Peter Benson was an actor best known for his role as Bernie Scripps on the ITV series, 'Heartbeat'. He died following a relatively short illness. More Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.