H5N1 Claims First Celebrity Victim!
Orlando (Digital Dementia News Services) – The H5N1 virus has claimed its first celebrity victim. A spokesman for Disney Enterprises confirmed today that famed actor, Donald Duck, died yesterday of acute respiratory failure in an <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Orlando area hospital. Sources at the hospital reported that the internationally renowned avian thespian had been admitted last week after suffering severe flu-like symptoms which were later confirmed to be bird flu.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
“I remember saying to Donald last week that he just didn’t look right,” recalls Phillip Darden, employed as a stagehand at Disney World. “Later that afternoon he failed to appear for a scheduled performance and was later rushed to the emergency room after he was found unconscious in his dressing room by security personnel.”
Born in Union City, New Jersey in 1932, Donald Duck is best known for his portrayal of the irascible sailor-suited duck in innumerable Disney films. In the 1980s he made a brief foray into the theatre circuit where he is best remembered for his portrayal of the legendary World War II general in the Broadway musical version of “Patton”.
Donald Duck is survived by his widow, Daisy and his nephews Huey and Louie. Nephew Dewey died in 1991 from health complications attributable to his heroin and cocaine addiction.
Funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow followed by burial at the Kissimmee Pet Cemetery.