The eldest daughter of Walt Disney, Diane Disney Miller, has died at the age of 79. A statement from the museum dedicated to the legendary animated film maker said, according top CNN, “She went through life dedicated, with a determination to inspire and entertain. She truly was Walt Disney’s daughter, a creative force with preservation to follow dreams and make a difference.”
Miller died in Napa, California, at the result of injuries sustained in a fall. According to Napa’s authorities’, the statement of her death does not say why she died and said the funeral services will be private and not be released.
Miller married Ron Miller in 1954, a year after they met at the University of Southern California. Ron Miller went to work for Walt Disney studios and later was the CEO of the Walt Disney Company until 1984, according to KTLA5.
Currently, Disney CEO, Robert Iger said, according to KTLA 5: “(Diane) holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of everyone, everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”
Miller was one of the co-founders of the WaltDisneyFamilyMuseum in San Francisco. At the time of her death, she was the president of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, which owns the four year old museum, according to CNN.
She and her husband also operated the Silverado Vineyards in Napa, California. She has and her husband had seven children, 13 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Her adopted sister Sharon Mae Disney died in 1993, according to CNN.