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Erin Moran, Joanie from “Happy Days,” dead at age 56

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ByPeter MartinezCBS News

Erin Moran, Joanie from “Happy Days,” dead at age 56

Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunniham on “Happy Days,” poses with a bronze statue of the “Happy Days” character, Arthur Fonzarelli, also known as “The Fonz,” at an unveiling, Tue., Aug. 19, 2008, in Milwaukee.

“Happy Days” actress Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56, CBS News has confirmed.

Moran played Joanie Cunningham on the hit show “Happy Days” and its short-lived spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi” with Scott Baio.

Around 4:07 p.m. Harrison County dispatch in Corydon, Indiana, received a 911 call for an unresponsive female.

First responders determined that Moran was deceased.

An autopsy is pending and further details are not available at this time.


Actresses Erin Moran, left, and Marion Ross pose together at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’“A Father’s Day Salute to TV Dads” in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Thu., June 18, 2009.

“Happy Days,” a sitcom set in Milwaukee, was broadcast from 1974-1984 and also starred Ron Howard, Joanie’s kid brother, and Henry Winkler as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli.

Moran made guest appearances on series such as “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Love Boat.”


In this July 12, 2001 file photo, Garry Marshall, from left, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Henry Winkler, and Anson Williams of the television show “Happy Days,” pose after Ross received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

Winkler took to Twitter late Saturday to express his condolences — along with other celebrities.

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

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

— Erin Murphy (@Erin_Murphy) April 23, 2017

So incredibly sad to hear about Erin. A wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman.I can’t really comprehend this right now.Very painful loss

— Don Most (@most_don) April 23, 2017

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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