Tony Dow is still alive, even though his death was announced on his official Facebook page on Tuesday morning.
Dow’s management said that his wife, Lauren Shulkind, thought he was dead and told his team, according to an updated Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon. She is reportedly “devastated” by the mistake.
“This morning, Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very upset, told us that Tony had died and asked us to let all of his fans know. As we’re sure you can see, this has been a very hard time for her,” the updated message said. “Tony’s daughter-in-law called us later to tell us that Tony isn’t doing well, but he hasn’t died yet. Tony’s son Christopher and daughter-in-law Melissa have also been there to comfort him. We’ll let you know if anything changes.
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Since then, the original post on Facebook has been taken down.
“These are hard times. Dad is receiving hospice care at home and is in his last hours. My wife and I are with him, and so have a lot of our friends. He has a strong will to win,” he wrote.
Dow’s son had told Fox News Digital before that his father is still alive, but that he is in his “last hours” and is getting care from a hospice.
The original, premature Facebook post said, “It is with a very heavy heart that we tell you that our beloved Tony died this morning.”
“Tony was a beautiful soul—he was kind, caring, funny, and humble,” the first post said. “It was a real pleasure to be near him. The sound of his soft voice and the way he talked made you feel better right away, and you couldn’t help but love him. The world has lost a great person, but we are all better off for having known him.”
The post was written by the star’s managers, Frank Bilotta and Renee James, who called themselves “dear friends” and thanked fans for their support.
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“Thank you, Tony, from the warm memories of Wally Cleaver to those of us who were lucky enough to know him personally. And thank you for reminding us of simpler times, making us laugh, being our friend, and making us feel like you were our older brother. You’ll be missed.”
Shulkind said in May that Dow’s cancer came back one month after he turned 77.
She wrote on Facebook at the time, “He is facing this reality so bravely, but it is heartbreaking.”
The cast of “Leave It to Beaver” poses for a picture on Sept. 27, 2007, when they got together in Santa Monica, California, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.
Later, in 1983, he played the same character again in the sequel sitcom “The New Leave It to Beaver.” From 1984 to 1989, there were four seasons of the show. In the new show, the Cleaver kids were grown up and dealing with family problems.
This is not the first time that a celebrity’s death has been reported before it happened. Tanya Roberts’ publicist and partner made a mistake and said she had died last year.
Mike Pingel, Roberts’s representative, said that Roberts’s longtime partner Lance O’Brien told him about her death at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At the time, she was still alive, but her condition in the ICU was “dire.” After the mistake, Roberts died the next day.
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