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Leave it to Beaver star Tony Dow dies at 77 two months after revealing cancer diagnosis

Leave It To Beaver star Tony Dow has died on Tuesday at age 77.

The actor’s loss of life was introduced later within the morning on Facebook in a be aware from his administration crew.

Dow’s loss of life comes simply two months after his could announcement that he had been identified with cancer. 

Saying goodbye: Leave It To Beaver star Tony Dow has died at 77, his administration crew introduced Tuesday in a Facebook post; pictured in 2017 in Los Angeles

The Facebook post, which was credited to Frank Bilotta and Renee James, referred to Tony as a ‘stunning soul.’

‘It is with an especially heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,’ it started. 

‘Tony was an exquisite soul — form, compassionate, humorous and humble. It was actually a pleasure to simply be round him,’ they continued. ‘His light voice and unpretentious method was instantly comforting and you might not assist however love him.

‘The world has lost an incredible human being, however we’re all richer for the reminiscences that he has left us. From the nice and cozy reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to these of us lucky sufficient to know him personally — thanks Tony.’

They additionally supplied thanks for ‘the reflections of an easier time, the laughter, the friendship and for the sensation that you just had been a giant brother to us all.’

‘We will miss you,’ Bilotta and James concluded whereas noting that they had been simply his ‘administration crew,’ but in addition his ‘pricey mates.’

Heartfelt: 'Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him,' his management team Frank Bilotta and Renee James wrote

Heartfelt: ‘Tony was an exquisite soul — form, compassionate, humorous and humble. It was actually a pleasure to simply be round him,’ his administration crew Frank Bilotta and Renee James wrote

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Veteran star: Dow played Wally Cleaver for the entirety of Leave It To Beaver's six-year run,

Back for more: He reprised his role in the 1980s in a reunion movie and series The New Leave It To Beaver, but last year revealed he struggled with depression after being typecast

Veteran star: Dow performed Wally Cleaver for everything of Leave It To Beaver’s six-year run, from 1957 to 1963. He reprised his function within the Eighties in a reunion film and sequence The New Leave It To Beaver, however final year revealed he struggled with depression after being typecast 

The Los Angeles native and his spouse of 41 years, Lauren, beforehand stated they had been heartbroken over his cancer diagnosis diagnosis, TMZ reported, and had been grateful of prayers from followers, prematurely.

Dow didn’t identify the kind of cancer he has been identified with. 

Dow handled health issues in August of 2021 when he landed in a hospital whereas battling a case of pneumonia, TMZ reported, noting that he had to spend 24 hours within the emergency room due to a surge within the coronavirus Delta pressure at the time.

Lauren advised TMZ that Dow didn’t have COVID-19, as he examined negative for the virus 5 instances.

‘On behalf of Tony and myself we thanks to your concern for him,’ she advised the outlet.

Dow performed the function of Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the present from 1957 to 1963 alongside Jerry Mathers, and late stars Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Ken Osmond.

Bad news: Leave It to Beaver actor Tony Dow, 77, previously revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer in May. The late actor is pictured with his wife Lauren, whom he married in June 1980

Bad information: Leave It to Beaver actor Tony Dow, 77, beforehand revealed that he had been identified with cancer in May. The late actor is pictured together with his spouse Lauren, whom he married in June 1980

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Iconic series: Dow played the role of Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the show from 1957 to 1963

Iconic sequence: Dow performed the function of Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the present from 1957 to 1963

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Big brother: The actor who played Wally Cleaver appeared on the famed show with Jerry Mathers (front) and late stars Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley who played June and Ward (back)

Big brother: The actor who performed Wally Cleaver appeared on the famed present with Jerry Mathers (entrance) and late stars Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley who performed June and Ward (back)

Dow reprised the function of Wally Cleaver for the 1983 TV movie Still the Beaver, a 1987 episode of The Love Boat and The New Leave It to Beaver TV sequence from 1983-1989. 

He has additionally appeared on TV reveals together with Lassie, Adam-12, Mod Squad, Knight Rider, Charles in Charge and Murder, She Wrote.

The TV veteran has additionally labored extensively as a director, having helmed a number of episodes of reveals together with Harry and the Hendersons, Babylon 5, Swamp Thing and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show.

In addition to his present business endeavors, Dow had centered on sculpting for many years, together with his work showcased in artwork exhibitions worldwide, according to his website

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Old school: Jerry Mathers (left) in character as Beaver with Tony Dow as Wally in a publicity photos taken during the 1960-1961 season

Old faculty: Jerry Mathers (left) in character as Beaver with Tony Dow as Wally in a publicity pictures taken through the 1960-1961 season

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Together again: Dow and Mathers were reunited in 2010 in LA at a PaleyFest event in honor of the series

Together once more: Dow and Mathers had been reunited in 2010 in LA at a PaleyFest occasion in honor of the sequence 

Dow earlier this year spoke with CBS Sunday Morning, saying that he struggled with depression over being typecast after discovering fame early in life as Wally on Leave It to Beaver.

‘I used to be gonna have to live with it for the remainder of my life,’ he stated. ‘I assumed: This is not honest. You know? I imply, I’d like to do another stuff. I’d like to do some attention-grabbing stuff. You know, it’s unhappy to be well-known at 12-years-old or one thing, and then you definately develop up and develop into an actual individual, and nothing’s occurring for you.’

He opened up about how he grew to become indignant, including that ‘anger, if it’s untreated, anger turns to depression.

‘Depression is not one thing you may say “Cheer up!” about,’ he stated. ‘You know, it’s a really highly effective factor. And it’s had loads of impact on my life.’

Dow stated that together with present process remedy and taking remedy, his work with sculpting has had a therapeutic impression in his depression battle.

‘I’ve received it underneath management just about.’ he stated. ‘You know, I feel people ought to take the leap of religion that they will really feel higher.’ 

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Black-and-white: Ken Osmond and Tony Dow in a scene from Leave it to Beaver in 1957

Black-and-white: Ken Osmond and Tony Dow in a scene from Leave it to Beaver in 1957

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Bad times: Dow earlier this year spoke with CBS Sunday Morning , saying that he struggled with depression over being typecast after finding fame early in life as Wally on Leave It to Beaver

Bad instances: Dow earlier this year spoke with CBS Sunday Morning , saying that he struggled with depression over being typecast after discovering fame early in life as Wally on Leave It to Beaver 

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Relaxing: Dow was pictured reading in a shot posted to his Instagram by his wife Lauren

Relaxing: Dow was pictured studying in a shot posted to his Instagram by his spouse Lauren 

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