Tony Dow’s management team released a statement earlier Tuesday saying the beloved actor had died. The statement has since been removed.
WASHINGTON — Actor Tony Dow, best known for his role as older brother Wally Cleaver on the sitcom “Leave it to Beaver” in the 1950s and 1960s, is close to death but still alive, family members said Tuesday afternoon. .
Earlier in the day, Dow’s management team issued a statement on Facebook announcing the death of the beloved actor. The statement has since been removed.
Dow’s management team posted an update on Facebook about the error saying the actor’s wife had alerted them to the death. The management team has since spoken to the actor’s son Christopher, confirming that Dow is still alive but not doing well, according to the Facebook post.
Dow’s wife, Lauren, later told ABC7 in Los Angeles and CBS Sunday Morning that her husband is still alive and breathing, but is in hospice care at home.
She explained to ABC7 that based on some health issues that occurred overnight, she had mistakenly hinted to several people that her husband had died. She confirmed to the media that it was a miscommunication and regrets causing any confusion.
Fox News reported that Dow’s son Christopher said his father is “still alive, but in his final hours. Under hospice care.”
In May, Dow’s wife took to her Facebook page to tell fans that the “Leave it to Beaver” star had cancer again. Although never given a specific diagnosis, Dow had survived two bouts of cancer before.
Last week, his management team said Dow’s cancer battle had recently been “a rollercoaster of ups and downs” and he had been in and out of hospital “with various complications and treatments”.
Throughout his career, Dow has also appeared on “General Hospital,” “Never Too Young” and as himself on “The Love Boat.”
He was born in Hollywood and was a diving champion in the Junior Olympics. But he broke into show business with his audition as Wally on the popular show “Leave it to Beaver.” It was from 1957 to 1963.
The sitcom followed a stereotypical Cold War family, including mischievous Beaver, Wally and their parents, played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont.
In recent years, Dow has begun to make a name for himself in the art world as an abstract artist.
Tony Dow, Leave it to Beaver star, still alive, in hospice
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