‘Dallas’ star Larry Hagman died Friday in the city that made him famous, after a year long battle with cancer. He was 81.
His family released a statement yesterday, “When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”
Larry’s agent told PEOPLE, “This is so sad. Larry was really someone who was loved by everyone. Me especially. He was the most loving, wonderful, generous man. And he was a true trouper.”
Hagman was famous for his larger-than-life portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing on the iconic television drama ‘Dallas’ that ran from 1978-1991.
The actor signed on for the TNT reboot of the iconic series last year and shortly thereafter discovered he had stage 2 throat cancer. He received treatment and was able to continue filming. The series is currently shooting a second season.
In 1995 Hagman received a liver transplant when cirrhosis brought on by heavy drinking destroyed his organ.
The controversial procedure angered his critics who claimed he received celebrity treatment and was elevated to the top of a transplant waiting list, despite the fact that dangerous behavior caused his medical malady. Patients are normally required to abstain from alcohol for six-months before they are considered for liver transplantation.
Larry gained early fame for his television role as Major Anthony Nelson in the 60’s hit ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ with co-star Barbara Eden.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maj Axelsson, a daughter Heidi and a son Preston.
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