A voice from your childhood has passed away. June Foray, who voiced Rocky the Flying Squirrel in the iconic children’s television show "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," passed away yesterday. Foray had a long and full life, reaching 99 years old. Vanity Fair writes that a cause of death has not been reported yet.
A close friend of Foray, Dave Nimitz, shared the news via Facebook.
“With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old,” he said. “She is resting peacefully now with her beloved sister Geri and Sam, her brother-in-law.”
He also added, “They're in a better place now. [I] truly cherish my time with June, and in the family, for the last 14 years. [S]he is now in heaven with her family and my mother.”
In addition to voicing the role of Rocky, Foray also voiced characters in Looney Tunes cartoons, Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and the Rocky and Bullwinklespin-off Boris and Natasha. She also had a feature role in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, voicing the part Cindy Lou Who.
Foray didn’t just stick to animated television; she also played parts in two Disney classics. She voiced the role of Grandmother Fa in Mulan and Lucifer the cat in Cinderella.
“But it was her work as Rocky that brought Foray the most acclaim,” adds Vanity Fair.
In the show, Foray played the scrappy squirrel who teams up with a moose to fight Cold War-Era villains, Boris and Natasha. The show ran from 1959 to 1964.
In addition to her voice work, Foray also advocated for artists in the animation field.
“She was one of the artists who helped found the Annie Awards, which recognizes excellence in the field, and was one of the stars who pushed for the Academy to include an animation category at the Oscars,” writes Vanity Fair.
The Annie Awards also recognized Foray. In 1995, they created the June Foray Award, which recognizes “individuals who have made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.” Foray became their first recipient.
Please pray for her friends and family as they mourn this remarkable woman. Another iconic woman passed away earlier this week; there have been so many losses in Hollywood lately.