Erin Moran, Happy Days Star, Dead at 56

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Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56.

Authorities found her dead in Indiana following a call about an ‘unresponsive female’ at around 4pm Saturday.

No further details are currently available.

In the 1970s she was cast as Joanie Cunningham on the widely popular sitcom, Happy Days.

 

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Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Joanie, the feisty little sister of Ron Howard‘s character Richie Cunningham on the show which started in 1974 and ran for almost a decade.

She followed it up by landing a co-starring role in the Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachie alongside Scott Baio.

 

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She went on to make smaller television appearances on series including Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat.

In 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s reality show Celebrity Fit Club.

Her later years were plagued by hardship, as it was reported that Erin was homeless and living in hotels after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s Indiana mobile home due to hard-partying.

Her downward spiral became evident in September 2012, when she was photographed looking worse for wear outside a Holiday Inn in Corydon, Indiana, after reportedly being kicked out of the trailer she shared with her husband Steve Fleischmann.

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That same year the Happy Days cast settled a royalties lawsuit that awarded Moran, and five of her co-stars $65,000 each.

 

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