Hollywood is in mourning this week after Erin Moran, known for her iconic role as Joanie on the television series Happy Days, was found dead on Saturday. She was only 56 years-old.
Raw Story reported that Moran died in Indiana of a suspected heroin overdose. A source said she was “broke and homeless” at the time of her death after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s trailer due to her excessive partying.
Moran lost her Palmdale, California home to foreclosure back in 2010. In 2012, Moran and her husband, Steve Fleischmann, moved into his elderly mother’s trailer to take care of her. However, the arrangement did not last very long.
“Erin and her husband did, in fact, move in with her ailing mother-in-law over a year ago. They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do,” Moran’s publicist said at the time.
“Erin was going out to bars and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve’s mom just couldn’t take it anymore,” a source said of the night Moran got kicked out.
Tributes have been pouring in from Moran’s fellow Happy Days stars.
“OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon,” wrote Henry Winkler, known for playing Fonzie on the show.
“Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens,” wrote Ron Howard, who played Moran’s TV brother on the series.
Rest in peace, Erin Moran!
UPDATE: On Monday, Moran’s autopsy results revealed that she likely died from cancer, rather than a heroin overdose.