Actor Larry Hagman Dies of Cancer at 81

6 years ago by Reg Seeton

Actor Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas on TNT – Photo: TNT

Actor Larry Hagman died on Friday afternoon at the age of 81 in a Dallas Medical City hospital with friends and family after a 13-month battle with cancer.

Larry Hagman, who played oil tycoon villain J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died on Friday of complications related to cancer at a Medical City hospital in Dallas, as confirmed by Hagman’s family.

In a written statement to Dallas Morning News, Hagman’s family mourned the passing of their loved one.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” said the Hagman family in a public 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.”

Hollywood Reporter added that Dallas co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were at Hagman’s bedside at the time of his death.

After being diagnosed with cancer last year, Larry Hagman was upbeat about his future while returning to the role of J.R. Ewing in the TNT remake of Dallas.

Although Hagman confirmed that he had cancer, the former I Dream of Jeannie co-star assured fans that his form of cancer was treatable. “As J.R. I could get away with anything,” said Larry Hagman in a statement last year, “bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series.”

Just over a year later, Larry Hagman succumbed to the disease after a 13-month long battle.

Larry Hagman was the son of stage actress Mary Martin (South Pacific, The Sound of Music) who went on to co-star with Barbara Eden in the hit 1965 series I Dream of Jeannie before shooting to stardom as oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in Dallas.

The 1980 season finale of Dallas became one of the most talked about moments in TV history when J.R. was shot in a cliffhanger that left fans everywhere to ask, “Who shot J.R.?”

Hagman returned to the role of J.R. Ewing in 2011 for a new generation of Dallas on TNT with Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray also reprising their Dallas roles.

Larry Hagman was 81 at the time of his death.

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Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!