Actor EDDIE CARROLL, who voiced beloved Disney character Jiminy Cricket, has lost his battle with brain cancer. He was 76.
Carroll died at a Los Angeles hospital on 6 April (10) after a long struggle with a brain tumour.
In 1973, he became the second actor to voice the lovable cricket, first featured as Pinocchio's conscience in the animated 1940 film of the same name. The original voice of Jiminy Cricket, Cliff Edwards, died in 1971.
Carroll later gained notoriety for his impersonations of comedian Jack Benny, after being cast in one-man show A Small Eternity With Jack Benny. He continued appearing as the icon until last year (09).
Carroll is survived by a wife, Carolyn and two children.