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Erin Moran Dead: ‘Happy Days & ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’ Star Passes Away At 56


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RIP....56...just sad...

 

 

Sat, April 22, 2017 8:57pm EDT by Sophie Radvan
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No more ‘Happy Days!’ Erin Moran, the actress who famously played Joanie Cunningham on the hit television series, tragically passed away on April 22 at the much-too-young age of 56. Read on for all the devastating details!

 

This is absolutely heartbreaking! Erin Moran, best known for her role on Happy Days and its spinoff show Joanie Loves Chachi, died on April 22, 2017, according to TMZ. Details concerning the actress’ sudden passing, including her cause of death, have not been revealed yet. She was only 56 years old. Erin shot to fame in the early 70’s when she was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard‘s character, on Happy Days. Once the series wrapped in 1984, she transitioned to Joanie Loves Chachi for only one season.

 

 

 

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Alas, life for Erin Moran was never "Happy" as her most well known role on Happy Days.   Never knew she led such a trouble life after her acting career was over.  Her story seems typical of many child actors that Hollywood tossed aside.   Once your get older roles are harder to get and a lot of former child actors seem to handle the transition terribly.  Like the sad story of the young actors from Different strokes, Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, life for Erin was full of trouble.  She faced homelessness, depression, and even a drunken brawl with her mother in law.

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/23/erin-morans-final-years-homelessness-evictions-a-drunken-brawl/

 

R.I.P.

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RIP to Erin

A tragic story for sure and one that happens everyday people as well as celebrities. When someone has addiction and depression issues

they won't at times get the help they need, in Erin's case the depression must have been overwhelming for her to reach the point she did.

Props to Henry Winkler for reaching out and trying to great her a role on Arrested Development.

Show was a part of my childhood and i remember racing home from cub scouts every Tuesday to watch it. 

I hope she will be at peace now.

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It looks like she died at home of late stage 4 cancer.

 

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Moran, 56, was found dead in her Indiana home on Saturday. Investigators from Harrison County concluded that she "likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer," the county's sheriff and coroner said in a joint statement. They did not say what type of cancer Moran had.

http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/happy-days-star-erin-moran-likely-died-cancer-autopsy-n750196

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Most news stories relate that she was very poor financially in the end - pay from early TV was modest compared to today. If she did pass from end stage cancer I wonder if the inability to pay for treatment had a role.  Sad as she was still young

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from Global News:

 

Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on hit sitcom Happy Days, likely died from Stage 4 cancer, say the authorities involved in her case.

 

The actor, who died at age 56 on Saturday, had suffered from mental health problems over the years, which led some outlets to speculate that she committed suicide or overdosed on drugs. (Even former co-star Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz, seemed to hint at Moran’s past as the culprit. Gunsmoke co-star Willie Aames also referred to her “troubled” life.)

 

Those theories can now be squelched; the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department released a statement Monday, saying an autopsy revealed Moran had Stage 4 cancer, which likely killed her. The statement didn’t specify what type of cancer Moran had.

“A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer,” the statement said.

 

The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Ky. Officials say standard toxicology test results are pending, but that no illegal narcotics were found at the home.

 

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