Fans and co-stars were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Erin Moran, 56, best known as Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi." It was initially unclear what led to her death, but the Harrison County Coroner's office just revealed the autopsy results, suggesting the star died from complications of Stage 4 cancer.
Here's the statement (via People):
"On Saturday the 22nd day of April, 2017, Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann passed away at her residence located in New Salisbury, Indiana. A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran's death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Coroner's Office. A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer. Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence."
Moran's "Happy Days" co-stars reacted to her death, including Ron Howard, who played Joanie's older brother Richie Cunningham; Scott Baio, who played Chachi to her Joanie; and Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz:
Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens. https://t.co/8HmdL0JKlf— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 23, 2017
OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017
She will be missed.
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