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Larry Hagman, J.R. Ewing of 'Dallas', died at 81

Hagman died of complications stemming from his battle with cancer. In addition, he also suffered from cirrhosis of the liver caused by prolonged alcohol problems. This year he appeared for the last time in the new sequel series Dallas, where he played the same role as in the 80’s.

“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.”

Dallas series, which premiered in 1978, made Hagman ​​a superstar. The series drew millions of viewers all over the world to television screens. Filming Dallas and becoming more and more famous, Hagman found growing fondness for alcohol. According to some sources, he drank six bottles of champagne every day which he combined with hard alcohol. But a severe illness and fear of death made ​​him to abandon this "passion". He suffered from cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and in 1995 he had to undergo a life-saving liver transplant. Hagman celebrated his first big success in 1965 after starring in a sci-fi series about an astronaut with whom a graceful genie falls in love (I Dream of Jeannie). At that time, Hagman had been already married for over ten years and he stayed with his wife Maj until his death. They had a son and daughter.  His parents divorced when Larry was five. Then he lived in Texas and California with his grandmother. His mother, Mary Martin, was a Broadway actress and she would take him to shoot.

Visit a memorial of this great actor here.

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