Samuel E. Wright, the voice actor who played Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, has died at 74.

By Greg Evans

‘Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservator,’ officials from his hometown of Montgomery, New York said on the town’s Facebook page. (It was not immediately clear what his cause of death was.)

‘On top of his passion for the arts and his love for his family, Sam was most known for walking into a room and simply providing PURE JOY to those he interacted with. He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh and he loved to love,’ the statement read.

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Wright famously provided the vocals for two of the 1989 film’s tracks, Kiss the Girl and Under the Sea, which went on to win the Academy Award for Original Song.

The latest: Samuel E. Wright, the voice actor who played Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, has died at 74. He was snapped in NYC in 2013

He had also participated in Disney endeavors including The Little Mermaid sequels and TV adaptation, as well as the 2000 film Dinosaur.

The veteran entertainer had also performed as an actor on TV and film, with parts on Law & Order, Simon & Simon, The Cosby Show, All My Children, Enos and Ball Four.

He had amassed a number of credits for his work in musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin. 

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