Raabe, originally from Wisconsin, was just 23 years old when he appeared, uncredited, in the award-winning film. He died at age 94 in his home in Orange Park, FL.
The Munchkin Coroner, with his cape and curly-brimmed hat, appeared in all his royal blue splendor in one of the first color scenes of the 1939 movie. He sang the declaration that the Wicked Witch of the East was dead. He was one of the many memorable characters that young Dorothy Gale met in her search for a better world “Over the Rainbow.”