Tigger voicer Paul Winchell, June 24Paul Winchell, a ventriloquist, inventor and children's TV show host best known for creating the lispy voice of Winnie the Pooh's animated friend Tigger, died on June 24 at his Los Angeles home. He was 82. Over six decades, Winchell, pictured with dummy Jerry Mahoney, was a master ventriloquist and an inventor who held 30 patents, including one for an early artificial heart he built in 1963. But he was perhaps best known for his work as the voice of the lovable tiger in animated versions of A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" -- with his trademark "T-I-double grrrr-R."
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