James Arness, Gunsmoke Star, Dies at 88

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Actor James Arness of Gunsmoke fame has passed away at age 88.

“Jim passed away this morning at home with his wife of natural causes. He went quietly in his sleep,” Arness’ rep, Ginny Fazer, said earlier.

“He is survived by his wife Janet, two sons and six grandchildren.”

The 6’6” actor was best known for his role of Marshal Matt Dillon in the classic weekly series, which he played for an amazing 20 years.

The funeral will be private, but fans are encouraged to make donations in Jim’s name to his favorite charity, United Cerebral Palsy.

It's unknown if he was ailing for an extended time period, but Arness left a farewell letter of sorts on his official website for his fans.

“I had a wonderful life and was blessed with some many loving people and great friends," he writes. Continue reading the full letter.

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RIP Mr Arness!
Long live Gunsmoke!!!!

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James Arness is an ICON on television and will become a legend forever.Only a few cowboys are left from the silver screen and the small screens of our TVs nowadays.Not anyone will ever replace Matt Dillion US Marshal of Dodge city Kansas.Bless his family. He will be in cowboy heaven with all the other famous cowboys...

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Rest in peace Matt. i loved your shows i loved how you handle your self, you will always be my hero, your a great man and a great actor and you will be sorely missed.

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I HAD A huge CRUSH ON HIM

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I'm sure "Miss Kitty" was right there waiting to embrace her dear old friend. RIP Mr. Arness and say hi to my Dad, he watched your show religiously.

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I loved gunsmoke beacuse it was my fravite show on tv land tht i aways look at but when i do look at it feels like im a cow gril