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Scott Baio explains remarks over Happy Days co-star Erin Moran's death

Actor Scott Baio has said he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former Happy Days co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems.

Authorities in Indiana said Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday at the age of 56.

Responding to news of Moran's death earlier in the day, Baio told New York's WABC radio, "if you do drugs or drink, you're going to die", but added that he did not know if drugs or alcohol were the cause.

Baio's comments led to a backlash on social media. He clarified in a Facebook post that he had heard reports that Moran died of a heroin overdose and the radio interview took place before authorities mentioned her cancer.

Baio said he is "heartbroken" over Moran's death.

Baio and Moran played young lovers Chachi Arcola and Joanie Cunningham in the popular sitcom Happy Days, as well as its spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi.

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