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Tony Dow, known for his role as Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It to Beaver’, is in hospice care in his “final hours”, his son told Fox News Digital.
“It’s a tough time,” said Christopher Dow. “Yes, he is still alive, but in his final hours, in palliative care.”
Earlier Tuesday, Dow’s management team said the actor died in a Facebook post, but the social media post has since been deleted.
Dow’s wife, Lauren Shulkind, gave the “false information” to her management team, her son told Fox News Digital. According to TMZ, Dow’s wife is “very distraught” and “believed her husband was dead.” She then briefed Dow’s management team.
Christopher also shared an update on Facebook, writing, “It’s a tough time. Dad is home in hospice care and in his final hours. My wife and I are by his side with many friends who support him. visited. He has a beating heart.”
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In May, Shulkind announced that her cancer had returned – just a month after celebrating her 77th birthday.
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“Dear friends and fans of Tony Dow, I have very sad news to share with you,” Shulkind wrote at the time. “Unfortunately, Tony has been diagnosed with cancer again. He approaches this reality with such courage, but it is truly heartbreaking.
“We want to thank you in advance for your kind thoughts. Our love, Lauren and Tony.”
Dow starred alongside Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont and Ken Osmond in “Leave it to Beaver” as a child. The show first ran for six seasons on CBS before moving to ABC.
The actor appeared on the reunion show “Still the Beaver” and following show “The New Leave It to Beaver.”
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Dow was also known for his roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Babylon 5.”
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