larry hagman
by Ali Berman
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On Friday, November 23rd, “Dallas” star Larry Hagman died at the age of 81-years-old from complications due to cancer.

Hagman’s family released the following statement: “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. 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.”

Known for his role as J.R. Ewing in “Dallas” and as Major Anthony Nelson on “I Dream of Jeannie”, the actor had amassed a body of work stretching from the 1950’s to today.

Hagman had struggled with cancer toward the end of his life, but was able to keep healthy and active through the help of a vegan diet. He said back in January of this year, “The first thing I did when I was diagnosed was to turn vegan. Now I live on fresh vegetable drinks which taste like c**p but which I firmly believe have helped me get through this thing.”

The actor had quite a turn around. After years of drinking, a liver transplant due to cirrhosis in the 90’s, and then cancer, he had recently turned to organic vegetables and was actually able to keep working on the new “Dallas” playing the same role he had played from the late 70’s to the early 90’s.

In addition to acting, Hagman ran the Larry Hagman Foundation, an organization that “supports and promotes creative arts education for economically disadvantaged children in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.”

As recent as last month, Hagman could be seen visiting children at the Dallas Children’s Theatre and spending time with aspiring photographers at the Dallas Public Library.

As noted on his website, you can learn more about the actor by watching a special on The Today Show this morning.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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