Erin Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the hit TV show “Happy Days”, passed away in 2017 at the age of 56. Moran had a successful career as a child and teen actress, but her later years were marked by struggles with personal and financial issues.
After “Happy Days” ended in 1984, Moran’s career began to slow down. She appeared in a few TV shows and movies, but struggled to land consistent work. Moran’s personal life also took a hit; she married Steven Fleischmann in 1993, but the couple struggled financially and eventually lost their home to foreclosure.
In 2010, Moran and Fleischmann were reportedly living in a trailer park in Indiana. Moran was also dealing with health issues, including depression and alcoholism. She made headlines in 2012 when she was kicked out of a trailer park in California for reportedly causing a disturbance.
Moran’s final years were spent largely out of the public eye. She reportedly moved in with her mother-in-law in New Salisbury, Indiana, and was cared for by Fleischmann. Moran’s health continued to decline, and she passed away in April 2017 from complications of stage 4 cancer.
Moran’s passing was a sad end to a career that had started with such promise. She will always be remembered for her spunky portrayal of Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days”, but her struggles in her final years serve as a reminder of the importance of mental health and seeking help when needed.
Erin Moran was born on October 18, 1960, in Burbank, California. She began acting at a young age, appearing in various TV commercials and shows such as “Daktari” and “Family Affair.” However, she is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham in the popular 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” which aired for 11 seasons.
After “Happy Days,” Moran struggled to find steady work and turned to alcohol and drugs, which led to personal and financial difficulties. She continued to make occasional guest appearances on TV shows such as “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote,” but her acting career never regained its former success.
Moran’s personal life was also troubled, as she endured a string of failed relationships and financial hardships. She was married twice, first to Rocky Ferguson and later to Steve Fleischmann. In 2011, she and Fleischmann were forced to move into his mother’s trailer in Indiana after losing their California home to foreclosure.
Moran’s life took a tragic turn in her final years. She was found unresponsive in her trailer on April 22, 2017, and was later pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that she had died from complications of stage 4 cancer. Moran was 56 years old at the time of her death.