American actor, Larry Hagman has died of cancer at the age of 81. Perhaps best-known world-wide for his iconic portrayal of the nasty and scheming J.R. Ewing on the legendary show Dallas, Hagman was surrounded by family and close friends at the time of his death in Texas today.
“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.”
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.”
No details have been released regarding a funeral as of yet.
Rest in peace, Mr. Hagman. Oh, how we loved to hate you–but mostly, we just loved you.