Erin Moran, Joanie on 'Happy Days,' Dies at 56

Erin Moran, who played Richie Cunningham's younger sister Joanie on “Happy Days,” has passed away.

Published Apr 23, 2017

Erin Moran, the child actress who played Richie Cunningham's precocious younger sister Joanie on the popular 1970s sitcom Happy Days, and later starred in the short-lived series Joanie Loves Chachi, has died at age 56.

According to a statement from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, “Harrison County dispatch received a 911 call referencing an unresponsive female” on Saturday [22 April] at approximately 4:07 p.m. local time. “Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending.”

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Director Ron Howard, who played the role of her older brother Richie Cunningham for several years on Happy Days, tweeted a remembrance:

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