Over the course of her bustling 50-year career, Erin Moran touched the lives of so many fans and actors. Her time on this Earth leaves an unforgettable imprint in the minds of her co-stars especially, who got the amazing opportunity to watch Erin’s talents unfold — both on the small screen and the silver screen. Following her sudden death at age 56, co-starts like Henry Winkler from Happy Days and Willie Aames from TV series Gunsmoke have flocked to Twitter to mourn their beloved friend.
During her time on Happy Days, which aired from 1974 to 1984, Erin probably became closest to Ron Howard, who played her big brother on the sitcom. The cast later shifted to the spinoff series Joanie Loves Chachi, but it didn’t hold up as well and was cancelled after only one reason. Many years later in 2013, there were rumors swirling that Erin would join Henry and Scott Baio in the fourth season of Arrested Development. Unfortunately that kind of epic reunion never happened. Erin’s last onscreen project before passing away was in 2010 when she appeared in Not Another B Movie.
Here’s what we know so far about the actress’ death, based on reports. Indiana authorities reportedly responded to call on Saturday afternoon of April 22 about an “unresponsive female.” Upon arrival, the medics tried to save Erin, but it was tragically too late. There was nothing anyone could do. There’s speculation that her death could be tied to an alcohol or drug overdose, since she reportedly battled heavy drinking after finding fame, according to The Sun. Our hearts are with Erin’s family now and we hope the late TV star is at peace!
HollywoodLifers, did you ever watch Happy Days? Where do you recognize Erin from?