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Tony Dow‘s son says the actor is “still alive, but in his last hours” after managers prematurely announced his death.
Dow who played Wally Cleaver in the sitcom Leave It to Beaver, is under hospice care in his “last hours”, Christopher Dow told Fox News Digital.
“This is a difficult time,” he explained. “Yes, he is still alive, but in his last hours; under hospice care.”
It is reported that Dow’s wife, Lauren Shulkind, had mistakenly given “false information” to his management team. TMZ added that Shulkind was “very distraught” and “believed her husband was dead”.
In May, Dow had announced that his cancer, which he had been diagnosed with years before, had come back.
Leave it to Beaver, which centred on an archetypal 1950s suburban family, ran from 1957 to 1963. The black-and-white sitcom followed the antics of a naughty boy called Beaver, his pragmatic brother Wally, their friend Eddie, and their parents Ward and June.
The show’s writers, Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly, based the kids in the series on their own children. One of Wally’s habits, for example, was that he constantly combed his hair. They had seen their own teenagers doing this and wrote it into the sitcom.
Dow returned for the Eighties TV movie Still the Beaver and the series The New Leave It to Beaver, also directing five episodes and writing one.
Dow’s other acting roles included appearances in General Hospital, Lassie and Murder, She Wrote.