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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

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UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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He was only on GH briefly during the Phil Brewer murder mystery. He did however have the starring role in the teenage daytime soap “Never too Young”. The show was ahead of it’s time but only had a brief run. It was replaced by “Dark Shadows”.

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Greg
I never saw him on GH or the other show you mentioned but I watched him and Beaver during his long run on Leave It to Beaver. I even enjoyed his best friend Eddie Haskell. I still watch those old shows once in a while.
Thank you Tony for all the fun years you gave us all. Bless Tony and his family at this time. Hospice is not a happy time for patient or family to go through.

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Violet, how I loved the BEAVER! I watched every episode repeatedly, back in the days of afternoon reruns. I know those shows were a limited view of real life in America…but they were so sweet and hopeful that I refuse to minimalize or dismiss them as modern audiences may. What’s wrong with a little bit of fantasy for a while when we watch T.V.? We have reality all day long!

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I think I watched repeats of repeats. The show came out in 1957, the year my 2nd child was born, but did not watch until the repeats started and by then my two kids watched with me. Remember the trouble Beaver and Larry got in to? I Googled the cast and the ones that are still alive are very old, but it’s fun seeing them then and now.

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Sad to hear. A great guy. Years ago I worked at the Los Angeles Mission and met countless daytime/primetime/movie stars. He coached men in volleyball there in the evenings with Bill Fagerbakke and his own son Chris. He is a humble man like most celebrities once you get over the excitement and deal with them regularly. Same with Zsa Zsa Gabor and her sister Eva. There they weren’t preening divas like you’d thought. Prayers for him and his family.

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This, to me, reads vaguely like the reports of Tanya Roberts’ death, non-death and then eventual death. Sad.

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Tony Dow on General Hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRepVXva7zM

It’s from 1975, so don’t ask why it’s in black & white

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This is a great clip, Satan! I think you alerted me to this one previously, as it features my fave, Valerie Starrett as Diana Taylor. Great to see her with Denise Alexander and, of course, the late Tony Dow.

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We’re lucky that any clips exist from when GH was a half-hour long. As was daytime practice, the network reused tapes until the show went to an hour long in 1978. Be interested to find out how this clip got posted as most YouTube GH clips are from
Home users. The Betamax launched in the US late in 1975 – the year this clip aired. Hard to imagine someone hooking an (in those days) expensive VCR up to a black & white tv.

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Are they THAT anxious to move on? This is twice now. And it’s weird. He passed. No.He’s breathing. SMH. Why do that?

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According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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UPDATED: TV and film star, and Another World alum, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) is in critical condition following a harrowing and fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

“Anne is in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash,” a source close to the actress revealed to CNN on Saturday morning.

According to reports and video obtained by TMZ, Heche was driving at lighting speed and crashed twice in a residential area of Mar Vista.  In the initial crash, Anne, who was driving a Mini Cooper slammed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents attempted to get Anne out of the vehicle but she put her car in reverse and then sped away.  Next, she crashed into a home, which ignited a fire, and the fire engulfed the entire home.  However, Anne was severely burned in the fire and taken out by ambulance in a stretcher.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt Erik Scott: “We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It’s at this point destroyed.”

Heche is currently in a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be intubated following being severely burned.

Soaps fans know that Anne won a Daytime Emmy for her dual roles on Another World and played Vicky and Marley Hudson from 1987-2001.  She has also appeared in the films, Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog. and more.  On television, Heche has appeared in the last few years on: Dancing with the Stars, Quantico and Chicago P.D.

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

So, what do you think of the fiery crash involving Anne? Send your thoughts and prayers her way via the comment section below.  But first, watch this news report from KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles who were on the scene of the crash.

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