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After appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran — who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana — seemed to have struggled with life outside of the spotlight.
Although she did not appear as a series regular after her two shows ended, Moran continued acting on TV, taking small roles on The Love Boat and Murder She Wrote in the ’80s. She also appeared on episodes of Diagnosis Murder and The Bold and the Beautiful in 1998 and 2009, respectively. She also is credited with having small roles in the films Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, »
- Gabrielle Olya
Rest in peace, Erin Moran.
The Happy Days star died on Saturday, Et confirms. She was 56.
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A police spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff in Indiana tells Et that they received a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive female on Saturday, and that first responders found Moran deceased upon arrival. An autopsy is still pending.
Moran shot to fame in the '70s as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham. She later went on to star in her own spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, based on her character's relationship with Chachi Arcola, played by Scott Baio.
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Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana revealed that the cause of death was likely "complications of stage 4 cancer," per the Wrap.
Moran began her career as a child actress, starring in commercials starting at age five. She appeared in films such as 1968's How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds and Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man in 1970 alongside TV shows Daktari, »
Moran rose to fame when she was cast as the younger sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, which ran for 11 seasons between 1974 and 1984. She later co-starred opposite Scott Baio in the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, which lasted for just two brief seasons between 1982 and 1983.
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