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Dallas star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 10:34 AM    

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Larry Hagman, star of television’s longest running night time series ‘Dallas’ has died.

Hagman starred as the deceitful oil tycoon J R Ewing in the TV series which aired from April 1978 to May 1991. The actor, who returned as J R in a new edition of ‘Dallas’ this year, had a long history of health problems and died Friday due to complications from his battle with cancer, his family said.

"Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most. Larry's family and closest friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday," the family said in a statement that was provided to The Associated Press by Warner Bros, producer of the show.

The 81-year-old actor was surrounded by friends and family before he passed peacefully, "just as he'd wished for," the statement said.

Linda Gray, his on-screen wife and later ex-wife in the original series and the sequel, was among those with Hagman in his final moments in a Dallas hospital, said her publicist, Jeffrey Lane.

Years before ‘Dallas’ Hagman had gained TV fame on 'I Dream of Jeannie,' in which he played an astronaut whose life is disrupted when he finds a comely genie, portrayed by Barbara Eden, and takes her home to live with him.

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