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Larry Hagman dead at 81

November 23, 2012 Chellie Cervone
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English: “Dallas” 30th Reunion at Southfork Ranch. Daniel Landers, Audrey Landers, Larry Hagman, and Ruth Landers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Larry Hagman dead at 81

Larry Hagman dead at 81.

Known to generations of folks, Larry Hagman will probably best be remembered for two roles; his role as the conniving J.R. Ewing on the long running nighttime series Dallas and for his role as Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie..

Hagman was thrilled step back into his famous role as J.R. Ewing for the 2012 series Dallas which focused on the younger generation.

His family has released this statement:

Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most.
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.

Barbara Eden, his costar in I Dream of Jeanne posted this statement on facebook,

As I received the news this evening and as you read this I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed. I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever.

He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times. Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn’t fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again ‘Larry’ in all his Big Texas bravado.

I, like many others believed he had beat Cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Maj, his son and daughter and his grandchildren, as well as his friends in this time of his passing. I can honestly say that we’ve lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana.

Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.


Larry Hagman had a life-saving liver transplant in 1995. He was a heavy drinker since he was a kid and and only stopped after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.

Hagman told the Times that after death he wanted his remains to be “spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry.”

He died on November 23, 2012, from complications of throat cancer.

Rest in peace Larry Hagman


 Larry Hagman dead at 81