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‘Happy Days’ star Erin Moran dead at 56, cause of death still unknown

24 April 2017 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Harrison County, IN, United States (4E) – Actress Erin Moran, 56, best known for her role in the sitcom “Happy Days,” was found dead over the weekend.

According to reports, she was found dead when the emergency responders arrived. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana released a statement saying, “Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending.” The actress played Joanie Cunningham on “Joanie Loves Chachi” and she was embroiled in financial distress for the past years. She also battled depression and homelessness.

In 2012, news broke that Moran was spotted outside a budget hotel. She and her husband, Steve Fleischmann lived there and they reportedly got kicked out. They then lived with his mother.

Her neighbors said that she was friendly. They all lived in a mobile home community. However, they pointed out that she has been isolated and withdrawn in the months leading up to her death. One neighbor, 81-year-old Arthur Myers, said in a statement, “She was kind of hyper, full of energy. She’d walk like she was getting exercise. Always in street clothes. She was always friendly and waved, but I never talked to her at length.”

Another neighbor, 61-year-old David Holt, said he used to see Moran all the time like when she would go out and get the mail or when she was out for a stroll. However, in the past months, she did not go out as often as she did. Holt also said that Moran yearned to return to acting. He shared, “I recognized her when she moved in around 2011. I said, ‘Weren’t you on Happy Days?’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’ in a way I could tell she missed it. She used to tell me how they were one big family, and talk about the possibility of a reunion coming up.”

The other acting gigs she took up was when she appeared on “Murder She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

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