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Elton John World News: A ''Lion King'' Contributor Has Passed Away

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Thursday 12 May 2005 @ 22:21 - GMT

Joe Grant, who contributed character designs, story ideas, sketches and gags for popular movies like Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Lion King, has died after suffering a heart attack.

The 96-year-old began his career at Disney in 1933. Although he left in '49 to start his own businesses, he returned 40 years later.

In 1992, the New York-born artist--with over 70 caricatures now in the Smithsonian's permanent collection--was named an official Disney legend. Other honours have included a Ruben from the National Cartoonists Society and lifetime recognition from the L.A. Film Critics Association.