Erin Moran ‘Happy Days’ Star Dies At 56
Erin Moran shot to stardom in the 1970s when she was cast on “Happy Days” as Joanie. She continued the role in 1982 alongside Scott Baio in “Joanie Loves Chachi” which lasted for one season before being canceled.
Authorities in Indiana got a call just after 4 PM ET Saturday from someone reporting an “unresponsive female.” EMT’s arrived and found Moran’s body. She was already dead. Moran had struggled in the years after leaving Hollywood, with a combination of drinking and bizarre behavior that eventually landed her in a trailer park in Indiana.
Her cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is pending.
- A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer, according to a statement from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and medical examiner in Indiana.