“Happy Days” actress Erin Moran, who found fame as Joanie Cunningham in the hit sitcom, has died at age 56.
First responders in Indiana found a woman identified as Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann dead around 4 p.m. Saturday after a 911 call said she was unresponsive, according to a Harrison County Sheriff’s Office statement.
It was not immediately clear how Moran died and an autopsy is pending, police said.
Moran joined the “Happy Days” cast at 13 as the kid sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham. The popular show, set in the 1950s, wrapped in 1984 after an acclaimed 10-year run.
She revived her role in the short lived spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi” with actor Scott Baio from 1982 to 1984.
Her TV brother, Howard, remembered his young co-star in a Saturday night tweet.
“Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.”
Source: NY Daily News