“Leave It To Beaver” Star Tony Dow Still Alive, But “In His Last Hours”
Tony Dow / Facebook
***THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED***
As of 9:15 PM ET on July 26, Tony Dow is confirmed to still be alive. His wife, Lauren, believed he had passed away and told his team to share the news with his fans on the morning of July 26.
However, Lauren was mistaken. An “URGENT” update on Tony’s Facebook page read:
“This morning Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked that we notify all his fans. As we are sure you can understand, this has been a very trying time for her. We have since received a call from Tony’s daughter-in-law saying that while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed. Tony’s son Christopher and his daughter-in-law Melissa have also been by his side comforting him, and we will keep you posted on any future updates..”
A second update from Tony’s son, Christopher, said the following:
“This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart.”
Our previously reported story, with some modifications to reflect new information, follows from here…
Tony Dow, the actor known for playing Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, was reported to have died on Tuesday (July 26) at the age of 76. But as mentioned above, it was later confirmed that he was still alive
In May, Tony revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer. He was undergoing immunotherapy and kept his fans updated on his health.
Tony and his wife, Lauren, celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 16. In a post celebrating their anniversary, Lauren asked everyone to please “keep Tony in [their] thoughts.”
Tony’s management team shared an update on his health on his official Facebook page on July 20.
“Tony has been in and out of the hospital with various complications and treatments,” the update read. “He and Lauren have been trying to maintain a positive spirit, though at times this proves difficult.”
Then on Tuesday (July 26), Tony’s team shared the following statement on his Facebook page after Lauren mistakenly believed he had died.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” Tony’s managers and friends Frank Bilotta and Renee James said in the since-deleted statement.
The statement continued:
“Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him. The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us. From the warm reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to those of us fortunate enough to know him personally – thank you Tony. And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and for the feeling that you were a big brother to us all. We will miss you.”
Tony is still with us as of this writing, but is certainly in need of prayers. We’ll be thinking of him and his family during this difficult time.