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Erin Moran's Death: Stage 4 Cancer in Not So Happy Times

Erin Moran's Death: Stage 4 Cancer in Not So Happy Times
"Happy Days" actress Erin Moran (Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:06 AM

Erin Moran, the 56-year-old former "Happy Days" actress who was found unresponsive in a mobile home in Indiana, “likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” said a coroner after an autopsy.

Moran was found unresponsive about 4 p.m. Saturday in Corydon, Indiana, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, reported the Indianapolis Star.

WDRB News obtained a statement released by the Harrison County Coroner’s office on Monday with details, per People magazine.

“On Saturday the 22nd day of April, 2017, Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann passed away at her residence located in New Salisbury Indiana. A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office.”

“Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence.”

Moran's publicist told ABC News in June 2012 that she had moved into the trailer to act as her mother-in-law's caregiver.

However, she reportedly had been living at a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon after she and her husband, Steve Fleischmann, were reportedly kicked out of his mother's trailer because of excessive partying in September 2012, said the Star.

Neighbors in Corydon, though, confirmed to People that Moran's body was found in the trailer.

The Star reported that Moran struggled financially and with homelessness.

Paul Petersen, an advocate for child actors, said he and others reached out to help her, said People.

Petersen, a former child actor on "The Donna Reed Show," addressed Moran's death on the Facebook page of A Minor Consideration, a nonprofit organization that supports child actors.

Fellow child actress Erin Murphy, who played Tabitha on "Bewitched," had befriended Moran and posted her condolences on social media.

A child actress who appeared in commercials and guest starred television shows, Moran became a household name when she was cast as Joanie Cunningham in the hit television series "Happy Days," that ran from 1974 to 1984, noted People.

She then moved on to star opposite Scott Baio in the "Happy Days" spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi" from 1982 to 1983, reported People.

CNN reported that her acting roles had dried up and she got only a few working entertainment roles from 1998 through the time she lost her home in 2010.

Moran reportedly lost her home in Palmdale, California to foreclosure in 2010, noted TMZ then.

The Hollywood Reporter said in 2012 that Moran and four of her former "Happy Days" co-stars received about $65,000 each to reach a settlement with CBS over use of their images in merchandising.

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