Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham on 'Happy Days,' dead at 56

But Moran was best known for playing Ron Howard's feisty little sister, Joanie Cunningham, on the sitcom "Happy Days" from the time she was 12 until 22 (1974-1984).

IN authorities received a call Saturday afternoon about an "unresponsive female". Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased.

The Happy Days cast lost one of its own.

Erin Moran has died aged 56.

According to IMDb, Moran was born October 18, 1960, in Burbank, California, and her first professional acting gig was in a TV commercial.

Henry Winkle, who played the Fonz in the 70s sitcom, said: "OH Erin. now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth. rest in it serenely now. too soon".

"Such sad sad news". "I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens". As a child, Moran also appeared in Melvin Van Peebles' "Watermelon Man" and made guest appearances in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "My Three Sons", "Family Affair" and "Gunsmoke".

Erin's other credits include "Murder, She Wrote" and she also played Joanie in a "Happy Days" spin-off, titled "Joanie Loves Chachi". "It was so surreal with all the cast members".

In 2010 her home in California was foreclosed and she moved to in to live in a trailer park with her mother-in-law. The lawsuit was settled the following year.

Moran told Xfinity that she had been working on an autobiography, Happy Days, Depressing Nights.

  • Salvatore Jensen