Likely cause of death revealed for Erin Moran, 'Happy Days' star

In the statement, an autopsy revealed Moran's cause of death was due to "complications of Stage 4 cancer". Her body was found unresponsive by authorities in IN, with the coroner citing stage-four cancer as the cause of death.

Police said no illegal narcotics were found at the IN home where she was found unresponsive Saturday.

Moran passed away on Saturday, April 22, at age 56, at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana.

Erin Moran, known for playing Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days", most likely died of stage 4 cancer, Variety has confirmed. She was 13 years old at the time, and the series ran for 11 seasons.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chac". "RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens".

The Happy Days star was found deceased upon arrival on Saturday after police received a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive female, a police spokesperson previously told ET. Again, I don't know if that's what killed her, I'm sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it.

He said that in recent years Erin seemed to be 'trying to sort out her problems.' She had spoken, he said, of a forthcoming 'Where are they now?' style 'Hollywood project'.

Henry Winkler, who played Fonzi on "Happy Days", also tweeted.

Paul Petersen, of the child-actor advocacy group A Minor Consideration, suggested her distance from the support system of former child stars may have worsened matters.

Police say there were no "illegal narcotics found" in her in home.

Erin Moran, right, most likely died from cancer, Harrison County Sheriff's Office says.

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