Saturday, November 24, 2012

Good Night J.R Ewing: Larry Hangman Dies of Cancer.

First Twinkies, now this; it's like my whole childhood is going away. Larry Hagman died Friday in Dallas at Medical City hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the family said in a statement. “Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for.”

Hangman, 81, rocketed to fame in the 1980’s as evil J.R Ewing and became one of the most highly paid actors in television history. Before “Dallas” Hagman was known for an early 1970’s TV show “I Dream Of Jeannie.” And being the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin.

Mr. Hagman lived in California with his wife of nearly 60 years, Maj. Despite his cancer, he gamely returned to Dallas to film season one of TNT’s “Dallas” reboot and was in the middle of filming part of the second season when his cancer struck him down.

Linda Gray, who played Hagman's long suffering wife, Sue Ellen on “Dallas”, was at his bedside when he passed. His co-star and real life friend Patrick Duffy was also there with Hangman’s family, both actors are said to be devastated.

Larry Hagman may be gone, but we will never forget him as evil J.R Ewing. Ironically Hagman said “Dallas” gave him a whole new life, and when he left this world, he died in a Dallas hospital, taking a break from a TV show that made him famous over 30 years ago.

Dallas reboot 2012 promo.