Disney’s right-hand man Martin Sklar, 83
Martin A “Marty” Sklar, a right-hand man of Walt Disney and a central figure in the development and expansion of his company’s theme parks around the world, has died.
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown confirmed Mr Sklar’s death to the Associated Press.
A company statement said he died at his Hollywood Hills home aged 83.
Mr Sklar had roles in the development of every Disney park, from the original Disneyland in Southern California in 1955 to the Shanghai Disney Resort last year, and was revered by employees as a living link to the founder.
“Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” Walt Disney Company chief executive Bob Iger said in a statement.
“He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence.”