Erin Marie Moran passed away Saturday afternoon. She is best known for her roles on the hit 1970s show Happy Days and it’s 1980s spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.
Moran’s body was found in Indiana, after authorities got a call at 4 P.M. ET Saturday from someone reporting an “unresponsive female.” By the time authorities arrived, Moran was already dead. Despite early speculation, no illicit narcotics were found on the premise. An autopsy revealed that she likely died from complications of Stage 4 cancer.
Erin was once a TV superstar during the 1970s and ’80s as Joanie Cunningham, Ron Howard’s little sister on Happy Days. She was so well received that a whole spinoff was concocted around her on-screen romance with Chachi.
After her fame faded, Moran hit a rough patch. She fell into drinking and wound up living in a trailer park. She eventually ran out of money, and was forced to leave her mobile home with her husband Steve Fleischmann.
Despite hard times, she remained active in the television industry, landing roles on shows such as Murder, She Wrote, Desperation Boulevard, and Celebrity Fit Club.
Erin was 56-years-old at the time of her death.
Henry Winkler, famously known as the Fonz sent out a Tweet about Moran’s passing.
Erin Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days at only 14-years-old. Happy Days lasted for a decade on prime-time television, from 1974 to 1984. Erin will be remembered worldwide for her great contributions to television and popular culture.