Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, has died. She was 56.
According to TMZ, Moran’s body was found unresponsive on Saturday. The cause of death is unknown.
The actress, who also starred in the Happy Days spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, had fallen on hard times in recent years.
She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in the US state of Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.
Many of her co-stars paid tribute to her as the news of her death began to spread.
“Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens,” tweeted Ron Howard, who played her brother Richie Cunningham on the iconic series.
“OH Erin…now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth. Rest In It serenely now…too soon,” tweeted Henry Winkler, who starred as The Fonz.
Don Most, best known as Ralph Malph on the show, said in a statement, “I am so incredibly sad to hear about Erin. She was a wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman. As I write this I can’t really comprehend this right now. A very painful loss. It gives me some comfort to know that she’s with Tom, Al, Pat and Garry. Rest In Peace, sweet Erin.”
Anson Williams, who played Potsie, said, “Erin was a person who made everyone around her feel better. She truly cared about others first, a true angel. I will miss her so much, but know that she is in God’s hands. RIP sweet angel.”