Actress Erin Moran’s cause of death has been revealed.
According to a statement released by the Harrison County Coroner’s Office, the star, who famously played the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, lost her battle with cancer on April 22.
“A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office,” reads the statement.
“A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer.”
“Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence,” the statement adds.
It’s since been revealed that the 56-year-old was “happy” and “active” in her final days and was holding her husband, Steve Fleischmann’s hand when she passed away in her sleep at her home in Indiana.
“She woke up on the 22nd, she was not 100%” Fleischmann wrote in a heartfelt open letter on Tuesday afternoon.
“She needed Kleenex, so I went to the store and came back. She was there watching TV in bed. I laid down next to her, held her right hand in my left. I fell asleep, woke up about a (sic) hour later still holding her hand and she was gone.”
Fleischmann, who had been married to the star since 1993, explained that Moran’s condition had quickly deteriorated after she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma last December.
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