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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

by Sophie Schillaci 9:59 AM PST, January 15, 2016
Playing 'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

Dan Haggerty, the bearded star of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, died Friday after battling cancer. The actor was 74.

Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer of the spine in August of 2015. He died at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California, surrounded by family, according to his manager, Terry Bomar.

"He would light up any room he entered. He loved life, loved his family, loved his friends and fans," Bomar said in a statement. "The last words I heard him say were, 'I love you.'"

Outside of Haggerty's most famous role in the 1974 movie, which he reprised for a popular TV spinoff and two sequels (a second feature and a telefilm), he held a non-speaking role in Elvis Presley's Girl Happy, and made his big-screen debut in the Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon-starring Muscle Beach Party. His later leading roles included Elves and Repo Jake in 1990.

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According to the actor's IMDb page, he currently has two film projects in post-production.

Off screen, Haggerty spent time in jail for selling cocaine to undercover police officers in 1985. He was later involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident.

Haggerty is survived by five children, Megan, Dylan, Cody, Tracey and Don.

News of Haggerty's death comes amid several devastating losses in the entertainment industry. David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, all lost their respective battles with cancer over the last week.

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