‘Happy Days’ Actor Erin Moran Dies

Former child actress Erin Moran died April 22 in her Indiana home at the age of 56. An official cause of death has not been announced; an autopsy is scheduled.

UPDATE: The autopsy revealed that Moran had stage four cancer which was most likely the cause of death.


Harrison County, Indiana law enforcement report that they received a 911 cal regarding an unresponsive female which turned out to be Moran.

Moran is best known for the role as Joanie Cunningham on the hit sit-com “Happy Days”. She also starred in the short lived sit-com “Joanie Loves Chachi”.


While known for the role of Richie’s (Ron Howard) little sister in 239 episodes, Moran made her screen debut in 1967 in an uncredited role on “Who’s Minding the Mint?. Her first credit role came a year later as Laurie in “How Sweet it Is”. Before leaving showbusiness Moran appeared in nearly three dozen productions including 15 episodes of “Daktari”, “Death Valley Days”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, “My Three Sons”, “Family Affair”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Waltons”, six episodes of “The Love Boat”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Diagnosis Murder”, the daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful”, and her final role in 2010 in “Not Another B Movie”.

As herself she appeared in a number of reality, game, and talk shows.

She was born Erin Marie Moran on October 18, 1960 in Burbank, California, the youngest daughter of six children. She was only five years old when she began her acting career in commercials.

Moran is survived by her second husband Steven Fleischman.

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