Sunday 24 September 2017

Ron Howard leads tributes as Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

By Laura Harding

Henry Winkler also wrote a message of remembrance.

Former Happy Days actors Ron Howard and Henry Winkler have led tributes to their co-star Erin Moran, who has died at the age of 56.

Erin played Joanie Cunningham in the hit sitcom as well as its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi.

Ron, who played her older brother Richie Cunningham but is now a film director responsible for blockbusters including Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code, wrote on Twitter:

Henry, who is best remembered as Happy Days heartthrob Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, wrote:

The sheriff’s department in Harrison County, Indiana, said a dispatcher “received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first-responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending.”

Erin joined the Happy Days cast in 1974 when she was 13 and in 2009 she told Xfinity: “What happened with all of us was like we were this family.

“It was so surreal with all the cast members … They were my family, get it?”

The actress also appeared in The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, The Waltons and Diagnosis Murder.

In 2012, she received a settlement from US network CBS after joining various Happy Days cast members in a legal action claiming they were owed money from merchandising revenue.

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