RIP Erin Moran a/k/a “Joanie Cunningham” (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017)
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Erin Marie Moran (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017) was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi.
The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Ind. tells E! News in a statement, “On April 22, 2017 at approximately 4:07 p.m., the Harrison County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call that referenced an unresponsive female. Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending.”
Moran skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s when she was cast as Joanie Cunningham on the widely beloved sitcom, Happy Days. The actress starred as Ron Howard‘s character’s outspoken younger sister before landing a titular role in Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachie alongside Scott Baio.
Despite Joanie Loves Chachies‘s one-season run, Erin returned to Happy Days for its eleventh and final season in 1986. She went on to make smaller television appearances on series including Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat.
(SOURCES: E! Entertainment News)
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