Original Mouseketeer Bonni Lou Kern Dies Aged 79 — Look through Her Life
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.
Bonni Lou Kern Dies: Original ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Mouseketeer Was 79 https://t.co/D0vLPVnaSA— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 1, 2020
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.
Bonni Lou Kern, one of the “mousekeeters” from the original “Mickey Mouse Club,” has died, according to a report.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 1, 2020
The 79-year-old died of natural causes.https://t.co/IrByaJ9jQa
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.
Paying respect this morning to one of our MMC older sisters. #BonniLouKern from the Original 50’s #MickeyMouseClub has passed away. She was an incredible talent and will be missed greatly by her fans and #Disney family. 🙏🏼 #AlwaysInTheClub pic.twitter.com/2WJJZlkv23— Chasen Hampton (@Chasen_Hampton) October 1, 2020
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.
Original Mouseketeer Bonni Lou Kern Dead at 79 https://t.co/0HLP0YEV7V— TMZ (@TMZ) October 1, 2020
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.