Patricia Disney dies in Los Angeles at age 77

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patricia Disney, who was once married to Walt Disney's late nephew Roy E. Disney and was vice chairwoman of Roy's investment company, has died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was 77.

Family spokesman Clifford Miller says Patricia Disney died Friday in her Los Angeles home, surrounded by her four children.

An advocate for higher education, Patricia Disney served as a trustee of Occidental College in Los Angeles and a regent of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

She also was a member of the board of the Peregrine Fund, a foundation that preserves birds of prey.

Her former husband, Roy Disney, was a longtime top executive at The Walt Disney Company, which was founded by his uncle. The couple divorced in 2007, and he died in 2009.