Erin Moran Did NOT Die Of ‘Heroin Overdose,’ Despite Reports

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Erin Moran did not die of a “heroin overdose” over the weekend, despite a slew of erroneous reports. On Monday, medical examiners revealed the “Happy Days” actress likely died from complications of Stage 4 cancer.

As Gossip Cop reported, police found Moran dead at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana on Saturday after responding to a 911 call. Best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and its spinoff, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” Moran was 56.

Shortly after news of her passing broke, the Daily Mail published a piece quoting a supposed “source” as saying the actress probably died of a drug overdose. Without bothering to do any fact-checking, this false information was regurgitated by many other publications, including the National Enquirer, the Mirror, the New York Post and RadarOnline (see below).

On Monday, however, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying, “A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer.” The coroner also revealed the actress spent her final days being fed by a gastrointestinal tube, and that no illegal narcotics were found at her residence. As Gossip Cop noted, many celebrities reacted to Moran’s death on Twitter, including her former “Happy Days” co-stars Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Don Most.

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