Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56: Report

Erin Moran, Fallen Star

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The Happy Days cast lost one of its own. 

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56, TMZ reports. According to the outlet, Indiana authorities received a call Saturday afternoon about an “unresponsive female.” Upon arrival, medical personnel discovered she had already died.

Moran skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s when she was cast as Joanie Cunningham on the widely beloved sitcom, Happy Days. The actress starred as Ron Howard‘s character’s outspoken younger sister before landing a titular role in Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachie alongside Scott Baio

Despite Joanie Loves Chachies‘s one-season run, Erin returned to Happy Days for its eleventh and final season in 1986. She went on to make smaller television appearances on series including Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat

In 2008, Moran competed on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club

The celebrity’s later years were plagued by hardship, as in 2012 it was reported that Erin was homeless and living in hotels after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s Indiana mobile home due to hard-partying.That same year the Happy Days cast settled a royalties lawsuit that awarded Moran, and five of her co-stars $65,000 each. 

Bewitched star Erin Murphy confirmed her passing on Twitter, writing, “So sad to share that my friend Erin Moran has passed away. Rest In Peace, sweet girl”

Our thoughts are with Moran’s family at this time. 

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