‘Happy Days’ star Erin Moran, who played Joanie, now deceased at early age of 56

Happy Days star Erin Moran dead at age 56.

Happy Days star deceased at 56.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

CORYDON, Indiana — Remember Joanie Loves Chachi? Unfortunately, the former is no longer with us. Actress Erin Moran, best known for her cutesy role as Joanie Cunningham on the hit family sitcom ‘Happy Days,’ is dead. She was only 56. Emergency crews in Harrison County (Indiana) received reports of an unresponsive woman Saturday afternoon. When they arrived, Erin had already moved on. She was pronounced dead on site. Joanie, if you recall, portrayed the younger sister of redhead sensation Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard).

Happy Days, arguably the most popular show at the time, ran from 1974 to 1984. Erin later starred alongside teen idol Scott Baio in the spin-off ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’ which ran from 1982 to 1983. She also appeared in ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Murder She Wrote’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’

Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, disseminated the following tweet: “OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.” 

Ron also shared a remembrance on Twitter, saying: “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.”

Erin, rest in peace.

You’ll definitely be missed.


  1. She was real cute back in the 70’s to 80’s. Unfortunately, Erin Moran had been wasted for 35 years straight and didn’t get herself help. She ended up homeless for a bit. I can’t believe she made it to 56. No shock to me she dropped dead. At least she is free of addiction now. RIP Erin.

  2. Deborah Langley

    I hope she has found peace at long last 😢

  3. When they put Scott Baio on Happy Days, that’s when the ratings started going downhill.

  4. Scrotus Maximus

    Yah, loved the show.
    Unfortunately, she did not age well.

  5. She was a drunken boozer… who cares!

  6. The Fonz molested her.

  7. She burns in hell…rejected Christ…lived for Hell-on-wood. She’s not resting in peace…she’s burning in hell.

  8. I was born 12 days before she was born.. I had drug problems for long time and my life.. I turn my life around 7 years ago and never been healthier.. I wish she could of done the same rest in peace girl

  9. The Dark Angel

    TV Sitcoms lost
    The little girl on Family Affair then the daughter on Different Strokes and then the daughter on That 70’s Show and now Ms. Moran. I feel badly for them all and hope that they are all at peace. However, the comment sections are anything but peaceful when a celebrity passes. I can’t believe on all the posts that people with their holier than thou self righteous attitudes feel the need to leave hate comments about people who pass away SMH

  10. I was 15 when Happy Days started in 1974. It was a great program to go through the high school years with at that time.Rest In Peace Erin.

  11. Louise Hampton

    I never understood how she couldn’t find work in hollywood! she was still pretty, a great actress, still young enough. VERY CURIOUS

  12. No matter what the midstream media says, we will always love and miss your sweet smile-even in the darkest of your days and in the worst of your moments in life, there were those of us who adored and admired you, near and far-Rest In Peace, Erin Moran, from a devoted fan 🙁

  13. Eugene S Smith

    So many of the former cast members of “Happy Days” said MANY NICE COMMENTS after SHE WAS DEAD! BUT, NONE HELPED HER WHILE SHE WAS LIVING! It is funny how people say “nice things” after you have died, but no one was there to help you while alive!

  14. spliffsperlunk

    Ahh the good ole days when there were only two genders.

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