Yesterday, the world learned that Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi star Erin Moran had passed away at the age of 56.
While there's been a good deal of speculation surrounding Moran's cause of death, authorities investigating the matter have yet to reach any definitive conclusions.
But that didn't stop Chachi himself, Scott Baio, from publicly declaring that he has a pretty good idea of what killed his former co-star.
Baio appeared on the Bernie & Sid radio show this morning and was asked how he's holding up in the wake of Moran's death.
"I'm OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened," Baio responded.
"My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you're gonna die."
Yikes. We don't want to be around when Scott finds out that he's gonna die even if he doesn't drink or do drugs.
Baio want on to sort of dial back his statement, but wound up sounding confused by his own words.
"I'm sorry if that's cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself," he added.
"I'm saddened by what happened. I don't know if it was drugs that killed her, I read one report said it might have been and I hope it … I don't know what I hope. It's what it is. What can you do?"
Moran was troubled by substance abuse issues throughout her life, but the results of post-mortem toxicology tests are still pending.
Shortly after Baio's interview, sheriffs in Harrison County, Indiana released a statement indicating that Moran probably did not overdose and likely died as a result of complications from cancer:
“A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison Country Coroner’s office,” reads the statement.
“A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer.”
The report adds:
“Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence.”
So while the possibility that Moran overdosed has not been ruled out, it's far from a certainty - as Scott Baio would have you believe.
This has been your daily reminder that Scott Baio is a douche.