Walt reads to daughters Diane (right) and Sharon (left).
NAPA, CA (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79.
Her death Tuesday was confirmed by The Walt Disney Co. The cause was complications from a fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller and our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time," according to Robert Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Co.
"As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans 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," he said.
Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, was born Dec. 18, 1933.
She was Walt Disney's only biological daughter, born to the famed showman and Lillian Disney in 1933. Walt and Lillian Disney adopted Sharon Mae Disney at birth in 1936. She died in 1993. Miller and her husband, Ron, had seven children. The couple operated a vineyard in Napa.
She played a key role in the completion of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, bucking city leaders who wanted to remove Gehry from the project.
She also founded the Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco's Presidio, as a tribute to her family's legacy.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald, and seven children.