Pat Carroll, Voice of Ursula in 'The Little Mermaid', Dead at 95

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Pat Carroll, best known as the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has passed away. She was 95.

Carroll's daughter, Kerry Karsian, told The Hollywood Reporter that the Emmy-winning comedian was pronounced dead at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Saturday morning. The cause of death was pneumonia.

The actress provided both the speaking and singing voice of the iniquitous sea witch Ursula in the 1989 animated film, which won multiple Oscars, including an Academy Award for Best Original Music. 

Carroll's career took off in 1948 when she scored her first major role in the film Hometown Girl. Throughout her storied career, she appeared on a handful of TV shows, including The Danny Thomas ShowThe Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Red Skelton ShowLaverne & Shirley, Busting Loose, and ER.

In 1957, she scored her first Emmy for starring in Sid Caesar's sketch comedy series Caesar's Hour, and by 1981, she took home a Grammy for Best Spoken Word, Documentary, or Drama for her one-woman show titled Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein.

Tara Karsian, Carroll's second daughter, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late mother.

"It is with a heavy heart that I write that my mother, Pat Carroll, has passed away at the grand old age of 95," she wrote.

She asked fans to "honor her by having a raucous laugh at absolutely anything today (and everyday forward.)," adding, "because besides her brilliant talent and love, she leaves my sister Kerry and I with the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humor and the ability to laugh…even in the saddest of times."

She finished the caption by stating, "Someone (apologies as I’ve forgotten who) sent me this meme a while ago. Truer words were never written and this is how we'll always remember her. ❤️"

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