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Christine Cavanaugh, voice of Chuckie from 'Rugrats, dies

LOS ANGELES ( - Christine Cavanaugh, best known for her prolific vocal work -- including memorable roles as the titular character in "Babe" and lovable scaredy-cat Chuckie Finster on Nickelodeon's "Rugrats" -- died on Dec. 22 of unknown causes. She was 51.

Cavanaugh broke into the business as an actress in 1988 after attending Utah State University and University of Hawaii. Her first prominent casting came in 1991 as Gosalyn Mallard on Disney's animated series "Darkwing Duck."

In addition to 1995's "Babe" and her enduring role on "Rugrats" from 1991-2002, she also voiced Marty Sherman ("The Critic," 1994-1995), Oblina ("Aaahh!!! Real Monsters," 1994-1997) and maniacal child genius Dexter on Cartoon Network's "Dexter's Laboratory" from 1996-2003. She also made live-action guest appearances on shows including "ER," "The X-Files" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Cavanaugh retired from her voice career in 2001 in order to be closer to her family.

She was the godmother to Isabel Torres. Cavanaugh is survived by her father, Kirt Johnson; her sister, Deionn (Matt) Masock and their children, Alec, Nash and Madison; her brother, Kirtis (Hope) Johnson and their children Felicia and Amanda; and her half siblings Stanley Sandberg, Steven Sandberg, Ann Marie Ruttenbur, Jesse Sharky, Catherine Sharky and Leigh M. Clark.

A memorial ceremony has been held in her honor on Antelope Island in Utah.