Rest in Peace: Larry Hagman

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Rest in Peace: Larry HagmanSome sad news has come in during this post-Thanksgiving weekend: Larry Hagman, star of TV’s “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” has passed away at the age of 81 at Medical City in Dallas as a result of complications from his recent battle with cancer.

Along with those abovementioned iconic roles from most of our childhoods, horror fans will remember Hagman for his feature directorial debut, Beware! The Blob from 1972, which is also known as Son of Blob/Son of the Blob, the sequel to horror/sci-fi classic The Blob. Hagman co-starred in the film, and, like most actors of his generation, he also appeared in an episode of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.”

Per, his family said in a written statement, “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. 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.”

Mr. Hagman made his home in California with his wife of 59 years, the former Maj Axelsson. Despite obvious physical frailty, he gamely returned to Dallas to film Season One and part of Season Two of TNT’s “Dallas” reboot. Those close to him say he knew the end was coming and was glad to have his family in town for Thanksgiving.

In addition to his wife, Larry Hagman is survived by a daughter, Kristina Hagman, a son, Preston Hagman, and five granddaughters. We here at Dread Central offer our condolences to his friends and family and send a big thanks to Larry for all the great memories over the years.

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  • JB Demented

    Sad news. J.R. was a very good villian. RIP Mr Hagman.

  • un_DOA

    Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing was probably more evil than Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger put together. He was even more fun to watch as an older J.R. on the new Dallas series. I’m surprised no one has left any comments about this icon. Picky crowd.