'Happy Days' actress Erin Moran likely died of cancer

Actress Erin Moran likely died due to complications of stage four cancer, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Coroner's Office said in a joint statement on Monday.

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern IN home.

The Harrison County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department told NBC News that dispatchers received a 911 call Saturday afternoon regarding an unresponsive female. The final toxicology report has not yet been filed, but no illegal narcotics were discovered at the actress' residence.

"I always hoped she could find peace in her life".

The cause of her death is still unknown, but Erin struggled with alcohol once her childhood fame dwindled after Joanie Loves Chachi was cancelled and Happy Days ended.

When the long-running sitcom saw Joanie and Chachi finally became a couple, Scott and Erin became hugely popular among fans of the show.

The cause of Erin's death is now unknown. First responders later found Moran deceased.

Moran later landed guest appearances on TV shows including The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and The Bold and the handsome. But more recently, Moran had been living in a trailer park with her husband, where she acted as a caregiver for her mother-in-law.

Willie Ames, who appeared in the TV show 'Gunsmoke with Erin, wrote: "I've known Erin Moran since childhood doing 'GunSmoke.' More recently as a troubled soul".

"There is so much reality [television]", she said.

Henry Winkler, who played "The Fonz" in the series, expressed his condolences on Twitter, and said the death was too soon.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder.

Moran also made appearances in "Murder, She Wrote", "The Love Boat", and "The Bold and the lovely".

  • Salvatore Jensen