Erin Moran Cause of Death: How Happy Days Actress Died?

American actress Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann is most remembered for her role as Joanie Cunningham in the comedy Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.

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Early Life

Erin Marie Moran was born in Burbank, California, on October 18, 1960. She was reared in the North Hollywood neighbourhood of adjacent Los Angeles. Of Sharon and Edward Moran’s six children, she was the second youngest. Her mother signed her with a talent agent when she was five years old, and her father, a finance manager, encouraged her passion in acting. John Moran and Tony Moran, two of her brothers who are also actors, played the unmasked Michael Myers in the film Halloween (1978).


When Moran was five years old, he appeared in his first television commercial for First Federal Bank. She was chosen at the age of six to play Jenny Jones in the 1966–1969 television series Daktari. In addition to regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972 and guest appearances in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons, Bearcats!, Family Affair, and The Waltons in an episode titled “The Song” in 1975, she made her feature film debut in How Sweet It Is! (1968) alongside Debbie Reynolds. She also had an appearance on the Gunsmoke television programme.

Erin Moran Cause of Death

Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the feisty younger sister of Richie Cunningham, in the sitcom Happy Days in 1974 when she was just 13 years old (Ron Howard). In 1982, Scott Baio and Moran co-starred in the short-lived spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi to continue the character. Later, Moran admitted that she would have chosen to stay with Happy Days and that she had only grudgingly consented to star in the series. For her performance, she was given the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series. She returned to Happy Days for its final season in 1983 after Joanie Loves Chachi was cancelled.

The Happy Days producers, according to a 1983 interview with Moran, “suddenly wanted me to lose weight and become this sexy thing” about the time she was 15 years old.

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Moran appeared on numerous additional television shows in the years that followed, such as The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and Diagnosis: Murder. She also co-starred with Edward Albert in the cult sci-fi horror movie Galaxy of Terror (1981).

She competed on the reality series Celebrity Fit Club on VH1 in 2008. She had a cameo in the independent comedy film Not Another B Movie two years later (2010). Despite rumours that she would reteam with her Happy Days co-stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Scott Baio for Arrested Development’s fourth season, she did not take part in the reimagined Netflix series in 2013.

Cause of Death

According to Hollywood Reporter,  Erin Moran, a former Happy Days actor, reportedly passed away at her home in southern Indiana from cancer.

The 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, according to an autopsy, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Monday without mentioning what kind of cancer it was.

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According to the department, Moran passed away on Saturday in the little town of New Salisbury, Kentucky, which is located about 20 miles northwest of Louisville. Officials claim that no illegal narcotics were discovered at the premises but that regular toxicology test results are still pending.

Moran, a native of Burbank, California, started performing in TV and movies before she turned ten. She was cast in Happy Days in 1974 as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard’s high school student Richie Cunningham.

Happy Days lawsuit

On April 19, 2011, CBS, which owns the show, was sued for $10 million for breach of contract by Moran, three of her Happy Days co-stars—Don Most, Anson Williams, and Marion Ross—and the estate of Tom Bosley, who passed away in 2010. The lawsuit stated that the merchandise profits owed to the cast members under their contracts had not been paid. The show’s merchandise sales, which included comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, toys, lunch boxes, dolls, toy vehicles, magnets, greeting cards, and DVDs featuring the faces of the cast members on the box covers, contributed to the company’s earnings.

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In accordance with the terms of their contracts, the actors were entitled to receive 5% of the net sales revenue if only one actor’s likeness appeared on the merchandise and a 50% royalty if many cast members appeared together. The majority of the money owed to the actors, $8,500 to $9,000 each, came from slot machine income, according to CBS, although the actors’ union claimed they were owed millions. The case was started after Ross learned of a Happy Days slot machine where players might win the jackpot if five Marion Ross symbols appeared. Ross learned of the machine through a friend who was playing slots in a casino.

Erin Moran Cause of Death

A judge dismissed the group’s fraud claim in October 2011, ruling out the chance to recover millions of dollars in losses.

A judge rejected CBS’s plea for dismissal on June 5, 2012, which meant that if a settlement was not reached by that date, the case would go to trial on July 17.

The actors and CBS reached a settlement in their legal dispute in July 2012; each actor received a $65,000 payout and a commitment from CBS to uphold the terms of their contracts moving forward.

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