Original "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeer, Bonni Lou Kern, has passed away at 79. During her time on earth, she was the recipient of the Disney Mousecar Award.
Disney icon, Bonni Lou Kern, has died at 79. She was one of the original Mouseketeers in "The Mickey Mouse Club." According to her obituary, Kern passed away on Monday, September 28, in an assisted living facility in Ohio with "JoJo," her cat of 19 years.
Born on January 2, 1941, in Alhambra, California, Kern entered the spotlight when she acted as a Mouseketeer in "The Wonder Mouseketeer" at the young age of 14.
She was in the debut episode of the show, which was named after her. It was titled, "Save Bonni Lour Kern" and saw her trapped in a fishing net while her other Mouseketeers tried to save her.
After her demise was announced, Chason Hampton, a Mouseketeer on "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club," honored her legacy.
From there on, Kern appeared in other episodes and also starred in the spinoff "Save The Wonder Mouseketeers." For her impact in the Disney universe, she was honored with the distinguished Mousecar award, the highest award the entertainment company gives, and the key to Fantasy land.
After conquering television, Kern tied the knot to Harold Bud Carr in the late 1960s in a lovely ceremony in Hawaii, and they went on to have three wonderful daughters.
Apart from her partnership with Disney, Kern also reportedly worked at Lowe's retail company for quite some years. After her demise was announced, Chason Hampton, a Mouseketeer on "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club," honored her legacy with a tweet.
Alongside a gif of a young Kern, Hampton described the pioneer as an incredible talent. Per Kern's wishes, they would be no ceremony to celebrate her lovely life. However, her family urged whoever wants to give flowers to donate to the COPD Foundation.
Kern was survived by daughters Kimberly, Allyson, and Janet alongside six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Last year, the world also said goodbye to Original Mouseketeer, Dennis Day, who was confirmed dead in July 2019 after disappearing for one year.
His body was found in his home in Phoenix, which he shared with his husband, Ernie Caswell. Unfortunately, the cause of his death is yet to be identified.