‘Happy Days’ star Erin Moran dead at 56

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 6: Actresses Erin Moran (L) and Marion Ross attend "A Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms" at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences May 6, 2008 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

NEW YORK  — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died.

Police in Harrison County, Indiana, said that she had been found unresponsive Saturday after authorities received a 911 call. She was 56, and the cause of death has not been determined. Moran had endured numerous struggles in recent years.

Moran was already a veteran actress when in 1974 she was cast in “Happy Days” as Joanie, the kid sister to Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham in the sitcom set in the 1950s. She would later appear with Scott Baio in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi.”

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