TMZ dropped the sad and shitty news today that Erin Moran, known to most as Joanie from Happy Days and Joanie Loves That Shit Head She’s Too Good For, died today. She was only 56.
Around 4pm EST, EMTs responded to a call about an “unresponsive female” at a home in Corydon, Indiana. When they got there, they found that Erin had already died. Erin’s cause of death isn’t known right now. An autopsy will most likely be done.
Erin started out as a child actor and guest starred on a few TV shows before she got cast in the star-making role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days at 13 years old. Happy Days ran from 1974 to 1984 and Erin was a regular during most of its run. In 1982, Erin went off to do Joanie Loves Chachi and when it got canceled after two seasons, she went back to Happy Days as a regular for its last season. Erin continued to act a little here and there after Happy Days ended.
Erin had been going through it for many years. Erin was dealing with a booze addiction and when she and her husband Steve Fleischmann were evicted from their home in California, they ended up moving to Indiana.
In 2008, Erin did Celebrity Fit Club and she instantly became one of my favorite contestants when she kept it one hundred percent real by saying that she only did the show for the money.
The Fonz and Erin’s TV brother shared nice words about Erin on Twitter.
OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017
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. https://t.co/8HmdL0JKlf
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 23, 2017
Rest in peace, Joanie.