"Dallas" Star Larry Hagman Dies at 81

Posted Saturday November 24, 2012 11:45 AM GMT

After a long battle with throat cancer, "Dallas" star Larry Hagman passed away in a Texas hospital on Friday (November 23).

The eighty-one-year old, who was best known for his iconic role as the ruthless oil tycoon JR Ewing on the popular show, suffered cancer related complications. He spent Thanksgiving day with his family before being admitted to the hospital.

A statement from his family reads: "Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most... When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for." He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj Hagman, their two children and their grandchildren.

Executives at TNT, the channel which airs "Dallas," also released a statement on the beloved actor's death. "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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