Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” has died at 56, according to a number of media reports.
Writes TMZ, which broke the story, “[A]uthorities in Indiana got a call just after 4 PM ET Saturday from someone reporting an ‘unresponsive female.’ EMTs arrived and found Erin Moran’s body … she was already dead.”
The report adds: “Moran shot to the spotlight in the early ’70s when she was cast on ‘Happy Days’ as Joanie, the younger sister of Ron Howard’s character. She continued the role in 1982 alongside Scott Baio in ‘Joanie Loves Chachi,’ but the show only lasted one season.”
TMZ added that in 2012, “Moran had been the subject of tabloid reports of hard-partying, financial troubles and periods of homelessness, with husband Steven Fleischmann, after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s Corydon, Ind., trailer home.”
Officials said Moran probably died of complications from stage four cancer, according to CNN.
Here’s a video we found of Moran as Joanie Cunningham, in happier days: