(FOX/CNS) Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and a key proponent for the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, died today at age 79."
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.
Details of her death were not released by the company. Family friend Richard Greene told the Los Angeles Times Miller died at her home in Napa from complications of a fall she suffered in September.
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.
In the late 1990s, she played a key role in pushing for the completion of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a project that became bogged down in cost concerns despite a $50 million donation for the project from Lillian Disney.
Diane Disney Miller pushed for completion of the project and threw her support behind architect Frank Gehry's designs for the concert hall.The hall opened in 2004.