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Larry Hagman dies

Larry Hagman has died.

The American actor is best known for his portrayal of dastardly J.R. Ewing in Dallas. In 2011, he announced he was battling stage 2 throat cancer and he passed away on Friday due to complications from the disease, aged 81.

"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," his family said in a statement to The Dallas Morning News. "Larry's family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."

Despite his illness, Larry reprised his famous character in the reboot of Dallas. The show has recently started shooting its second season.

"This is so sad. Larry was really someone who was loved by everyone," his agent Joel Dean told People. "Me especially. He was the most loving, wonderful, generous man. And he was a true trouper."

Dallas stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were with Larry when he passed away. Linda portrays J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen and also features in the new series of the show.

"Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew," she told ET. "He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented, and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest... The world was a brighter place because of Larry Hagman."

Jesse Metcalfe portrays Christopher Ewing in the programme and is devastated to hear of Larry's passing.

"With piercing wit and undeniable charm he brought to life one of the most legendary television characters of all time. But to know the man, however briefly, was to know a passion and dedication for life and acting that was profoundly inspirational," he said in a statement.

The actor is survived by his wife of 59 years Maj Axelsson and two children.

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