Daily Mail reports: He is survived by wife Maj, who he married in in 1952. In 2008, Maj was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Hagman returned to Dallas to reprise his role as cunning villain J.R. in the show’s reboot, which started airing in June of this year.
‘Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. ‘It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.’
His co-star Linda Gray, who played his on-screen wife Sue Ellen Ewing, was at his bedside when he died at 4.20pm, her agent Jeffrey Lane has stated. Mr. Lane added that Patrick Duffy, who played his brother Bobby, was also at Hagman’s bedside at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
‘They had been friends for 35 years and they had worked together for many years, so obviously it is devastating,’ Mr. Lane told The Sun. Doing what he loved: Hagman, seen with Gray, Duffy and Brenda Strong, died at the Medical City Dallas Hospital at 4.20pm. He was in Dallas for filming
Hagman announced in October 2011 that he had a ‘treatable’ form of throat cancer and would receive treatment while filming the Dallas reboot. At the time the star said: ‘As J.R. I could get away with anything – bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer.
‘I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love.’
A joint statement by Warner Bros. and Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin said: ‘Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history.
‘He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time.’
Meanwhile TNT said in a statement: ‘All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor.
‘We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.’
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