Tommy Kirk, Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson star found dead at home aged 79

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Tommy Kirk, former Disney actor was reportedly found dead by his neighbour at his home in Las Vegas.

He died at the age of 79, however the police authorities feel that there’s no foul play at all.

Upon the release of information relating to his demise, Fans and famous faces joined together to pay their respects to the star.

Paul Peterson, fellow actor led the tributes. He wrote: “My friend of many decades, Tommy Kirk, was found dead last night. You will surely recall his string of Disney movies: “Shaggy Dog. Ol’ Yeller,” etc.

“Tommy was intensely private. He lived alone in Las Vegas, close to his friend … and “Ol’ Yeller co-star, Bev Washburn and it was she who called me this morning.

“Tommy was gay and estranged from what remains of his blood-family. We in A Minor Consideration are Tommy’s family. Without apology. We will take care of this. Please know that Tommy Kirk loved you, his fans.

“You lifted him up when an industry let him down in 1965. He was not bitter. His church comforted him. May God have mercy on his soul. – Paul Peterson.”

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Disney Legend Tommy Kirk, remembered as one of the finest young actors in the history of The Walt Disney Studios. Walt Disney once referred to Tommy as “my good-luck piece here.”Walt Disney Family Museum’s Twitter page commented.

“We are saddened by the passing of Tommy Kirk, the beloved and iconic star of such Disney family favorites from the 1950s and 1960s as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.”Official Disney Twitter commented.