"Happy Days" Star Erin Moran's Cause Of Death Finally Revealed

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April 22, 2018 will mark the first anniversary of the passing of actress Erin Moran.

Moran, known for her portrayal of the smart-mouthed Joannie Cunningham on Happy Days, died at the age of 56, and the news of her sudden demise rattled unexpected fans everywhere.

The actress first caught the world's attention when she took on the role of the little sister on the 70s sitcom. She was later cast in the show's spin-off, Joannie Loves Chachi, but it was short-lived.

Moran had a number of other film and TV credits to her name, but after her run on the hit sitcom ended, she struggled to land anything substantial.


It was later revealed that Moran was locked in an unfair contract while working on Happy Days. She apparently wasn't awarded any residuals, and the money she did make, didn't last.

Fall from fame

She ended up developing a drinking and behavioral problem, which did not appeal to casting agents and filmmakers. This contributed to the downfall of her acting career.

Along with three of her co-stars, Moran filed a $10 million lawsuit against CBS. The case finally went to trial in July 2012, and the actors settled for a payment of $65,000 each. The network also promised to continue honoring their contracts.

Despite the extra income, Moran continued to fall on hard times. Her California home was foreclosed, so she moved into her mother-in-law's trailer park home in Indiana, where it's presumed she lived until her death.

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Around 4 pm on April 22, authorities in Harris County received a call about an "unresponsive female," but by the time they arrived, she was already dead, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.

Many of her fans and friends were taken aback because Moran showed no indication of being ill in the days leading up to her death.

It was then announced that an autopsy had been ordered to determine what really happened.

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