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Voice of movie pig Babe dies

Christine Cavanaugh, a prolific voice actress who brought to life characters including Babe the pig, has died aged 51.

Her sister, Deionn Masock, confirmed that Cavanaugh died on December 22 at her home in Utah.

The cause of death is not known.

Cavanaugh lent her voice to many famous cartoon characters of the 1990s, including Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats, Dexter on the Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory and the live-action pig of 1995's Babe.

Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001 and moved back to her native Utah.

In an obituary notice published in the Los Angeles Times, her family wrote that "in each role there was a part of her showing through that the ones who truly knew her could see".

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