Posted on Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:15 AM PDT
Larry Hagman, most famous for his role as J.R. Ewing in the 80s CBS soap Dallas, died on Friday due to complications from throat cancer. He was 81.
The actor, who also starred in I Dream of Jeannie, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj Hagman, their two children and their grandchildren.
"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," his family said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "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."
Hagman reprised his role on TNT's Dallas reboot in 2011 while announcing that he was being treated for a very curable form of cancer, which was later revealed to be stage 2 throat cancer. He had just recently finished filming six episodes of its second season.