Shirley Temple Black died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, a family spokeswoman said in a statement.
Temple Black lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat. The star who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, "peacefully passed away" at her California home from natural causes at 10:57 p.m. local time (0657 GMT), surrounded by her family and caregivers, the statement said on Tuesday.
While many fans took to social media platforms to express their sorrow, there were some people – or maybe even more than that – who actually thought that the actress had died earlier.
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