Joanie Cunningham, Happy Days star Erin Moran dies at 56

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Actress Erin Moran, born October 18, 1960, known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days”, died on April 22, 2017. She was 56.

According to TMZ, Erin Moran’s body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown.

The California-born 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 Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.

Henry Winkler, who starred opposite Moran as The Fonz in ABC’s iconic series, tweeted: “OH Erin…now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth. Rest In It serenely now…too soon.”

Erin Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard’s sister in the family comedy, which aired from 1974 to 1984.

The “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi”, had fallen on hard times in recent years. “Joanie Loves Chachi” only lasted one season (1982-83) before it was pulled off the air.

Moran’s TV credits also included “The Love Boat”, “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”.

She most recently appeared on VH1’s reality show “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2008 and low-budget film “Not Another B Movie” in 2010.

RIP Erin.

Source: TMZ / Variety