American actress Erin Moran, who played mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom “Happy Days” and its spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s department in Indiana said Moran was found “unresponsive” following a 911 call to the authorities at 4:07 pm (2007 GMT) on Saturday.
“Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending,” it said.
A sheriff’s department spokeswoman told AFP it was unclear when the autopsy would take place but cautioned it would likely take some time because her death occurred in a small town. The cause of death was undetermined.
In the series “Happy Days,” which had a 10-year run from 1974 to 1984, Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham, sister to older brother Richie, played by Ron Howard.