Larry Hagman, best known for portraying J.R. Ewing on the TV series “Dallas,” passed away last Friday (November 23) at a Dallas hospital at the age of 81.
According to members of his family, the actor reportedly died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer.
“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. The family requests privacy at this time.”
Before returning to Dallas, Hagman also starred on “I Dream of Jeannie.” He then joined the new Dallas series and began to film season one of TNT’s show and part of season two. He had filmed six of the 15 episodes for the new season, which returns on January 28.
Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, Warner Bros. TV and “Dallas” executive producers, made the following statement: “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. 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.”
TNT also give his condolences on the death of Hagman: “All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
As a writer I express my condolences to the Hagman family. Time will tell what will happen to the series.