Dallas star Larry Hagman has died at the age of 81.
The actor, who was famed for playing J.R. Ewing on the hit show, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer.
He is survived by wife Maj, who he married in 1952, his son, his daughter and five grandchildren. In 2008, Maj his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
‘Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones.
‘It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for.
His co-star Linda Gray, who played his on-screen wife Sue Ellen Ewing, was at his bedside when he died at 4.20pm, her agent Jeffrey Lane has stated.
Mr Lane added that Patrick Duffy, who played his brother Bobby, was also at Hagman’s bedside at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
‘They had been friends for 35 years and they had worked together for many years, so obviously it is devastating,’
His first big role came in 1965 in I Dream of Jeannie, in which he starred as Anthony Nelson opposite Barbara Eden until 1970.
But Hagman became a household name thanks to his iconic role in Dallas, which he kicked off in 1978 and starred in until 1991, reprising the role earlier this year.
Hagman was at the center of the famous “Who Shot J.R.?” storyline in which his Ewing character is fired upon in the 1979-80 season finale in March and the assailant is not revealed until the following November.
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