Tony Dow has passed away at the age of 77 after his management team previously announced that he died even though he was still alive in a hospice.
On Wednesday, his management confirmed that the Leave It To Beaver actor has passed away.
In a statement, they said: “We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.”
This follows a false statement claiming Tony had already passed away but his son Christopher Dow immediately clarified that he was still alive but “in his last hours.”
In a statement shared on the actor’s Facebook account, Christopher said: “This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart.”
According to TMZ, his manager claims the confusion was caused by Tony’s wife Lauren Dow, who believed that her husband had passed away on Tuesday.
After it was incorrectly announced that Dow passed away, his former costar Jerry Mathers took to Facebook and shared an emotional tribute.
“It is with the utmost sadness I learned this morning of my co-star and lifelong friend Tony Dow’s passing,” he wrote. “He was not only my brother on TV, but in many ways in life as well.
“Tony leaves an empty place in my heart that won’t be filled. He was always the kindest, most generous, gentle, loving, sincere, and humble man, that it was my honor and privilege to be able to share memories together with for 65 years.”
He added: “My wife Teresa and I send our deepest condolences to his wife Lauren, his family and to all of those who knew and loved him. The world may have lost a star today, but the heavens gained another.”
Dow has been married to Lauren Shulkind for 42 years. They previously announced in May that they were brokenhearted after he was diagnosed with cancer but were thankful for prayers and uplifting messages from fans.
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