Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse, has died

The voice of Minnie Mouse has died.

Russi Taylor, 75, took over voicing the popular Disney character in 1986, beating 200 other hopefuls for the iconic role.

Disney announced her death on its site.

"Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor," said Disney boss Bob Iger. 

"For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world - a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere. We're so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did."

As Minnie, Taylor's voice appeared in film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and numerous TV series. She also voiced characters in Duck Tales, The Little Mermaid and The Lion Guard.

"Russi was every bit as sweet, effusive, stylish, and fun-loving as the Minnie Mouse character she voiced," siad Gary Marsh, chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide.

In addition to giving voice to Minnie, Taylor was a number of characters on The Simpsons, including nerd Martin Prince and twins Sherri and Terri .