Larry Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died on Friday, November 23, 2012, from complications of cancer at the age of 81. He will be remembered this week during private, invitation-only services in Dallas and Los Angeles. John Castonia, Hagman’s personal manager, has indicated in the media that the services will be a celebration of the actor’s life, but did not give details of the plans.
In 1992, Hagman was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. At that time, he did indicate that he had been a heavy drinker for many years. Three years later, in 1995, a malignant tumor was discovered on his liver. At that time, Hagman received a successful liver transplant. Following his own experience, he became an advocate for both anti-smoking efforts and organ donation.
At the time of his death, Hagman’s family released the following statement, available on the actor’s official website:
"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."
Hagman had resumed his role of J.R. Ewing for the revival of the Dallas series.
"Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history," Warner Bros., Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, and the show's cast and crew said in a statement, indicated Entertainment Tonight. "He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
At this time, there is no official word as to whether or not the show will continue without Hagman; if so, the storyline will be reworked. But, it will be hard for many fans to conceive of a Dallas without the formidable J.R. Ewing.
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