Erin Moran died of stage 4 cancer

Her body was found unresponsive by authorities in IN, with the coroner citing stage-four cancer as the cause of death.

A statement released by authorities on Monday said that an autopsy found that Moran "likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer".

Moran passed away on Saturday, April 22, at age 56, at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana.

As well as playing Joanie, Moran also made appearances on The Bold and the Beautiful, Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi and in films such as Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

The Burbank-born star, who was married to Steven Fleischmann, admitted following the end of Happy Days that she suffered from depression and was unable to find work as an actress. "OH Erin. now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth.Rest In It serenely now. too soon", her former co-star Henry Winkler tweeted.

He went on to share a memory of Moran on the set of "Happy Days", which he called a kind of "boys club".

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He said that in recent years Erin seemed to be 'trying to sort out her problems.' She had spoken, he said, of a forthcoming 'Where are they now?' style 'Hollywood project'.

Meanwhile, Howard has said he's not interested in a "Happy Days" reboot.

"May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul", Baio wrote on his Facebook Sunday. She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio's character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.

"I'm sorry if that's cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself", Baio added.

There were also reports that Erin Moran reportedly blew through a $65,000 settlement over merchandise revenue and that she and her husband were briefly homeless, living in a series of motels. These aren't publicity photos her friends are posting, but family portraits.

  • Stacy Houston