From the Dallas Morning News

Larry Hagman, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at a Dallas hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the family said in a statement. “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.”

The iconic role of J.R. Ewing metamorphosed Mr. Hagman’s life. He rocketed from being a merely well-known TV actor on I Dream of Jeannie and the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin, to the kind of transnational fame known only by the likes of the Beatles and Muhammad Ali.

Mr. Hagman made his home in California with his wife of nearly 60 years, the former Maj Axelsson. Despite obvious physical frailty, he gamely returned to Dallas to film season one of TNT’s Dallas reboot and part of season two.

Linda Gray's agent, Jeffrey Lane, said the actress was at Mr. Hagman's bedside when he died, according to The Sun in London. He said another co-star, Patrick Duffy, was also present. “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.

More details to come.

There is a thread currently about the manliness character on television.  J.R. Ewing was one of those characters for me, even though he played a villain.  Moments like this, for me anyway, tend to to bittersweet, because someone just lost a member of their family, but it makes me realize that despite how I feel, life is finite. 

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Well, I guess the Dallas reboot is finished. Its bizarre to me that he passed after the series started back up. RIP

JR EWING: Blood may be thicker than water, but oil is thicker than both.

I liked Larry Hagman from his I Dream of Jeannie days and then Dallas. He was a terrific actor, and the remake of Dallas was very well-done. I don't know if the show will continue without him, but I suspect it will. He will be missed.

I suspect it will as well, although it won't be the same.  But with John Ross heading up Ewing Oil it should be able to carry on in a similar fashion.

Yes, it definitely won't be the same without him. I guess the show must go on, but his death will be a void not filled.


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