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Goodbye, J.R.

Legendary actor and Dallas star Larry Hagman dies at 81

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Larry Hagman had returned to Dallas to film season two of Dallas on TNT. Larry Hagman TNT Newsroom
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Larry Hagman and his Dallas castmates Brenda Strong and Josh Henderson at Cattle Baron's Ball. Brenda Strong, Josh Henderson, Larry Hagman Photo by Robert Bostick
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Larry Hagman with Gina and Scott Ginsburg at a recent fundraiser for the Larry Hagman Foundation. Larry Hagman, Gina Ginsburg, Scott Ginsburg Photo by Marty Perlman
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Hagman's co-stars and longtime friends Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were reportedly at his side when he died. Photo by John Shearer/WireImage
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The actor best known as the notorious J.R. Ewing died Friday afternoon at Medical City Dallas hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer.

Larry Hagman had returned to Dallas to film what his family called “the iconic role he loved most.” His friends and family had joined him here to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Linda Gray, his TV wife and longtime friend, was reportedly by his side when he passed. Patrick Duffy, another longtime friend and castmate, was also there.

Hagman had been a fixture around the Dallas charitable circuit as of late. He and the Dallas cast were among the stars at Cattle Baron’s Ball in September.

Hagman also supported creative arts education for disadvantaged children in Dallas-Fort Worth through the Larry Hagman Foundation. The organization’s first beneficiaries were Dallas Children’s Theater, Big Thought, Artreach and Thornton Foundation for the Arts.

Hagman was 81.

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