Dallas Star Larry Hagman Dies

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Larry Hagman, who spent more than a decade playing TV villain JR Ewing has died at the age of 81, his family says.

BBC News reports that Hagman, who had suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver, died in hospital on Friday afternoon, according to a family statement.

'Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most', said the family. 'He was surrounded by loved ones'.

Reuters reports that Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with throat cancer, the Dallas Morning News reported, quoting a statement from his family. He had suffered from liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Linda Gray, who played J.R.'s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, was with Hagman in Dallas when he died, the actress' spokesman, Jeffrey Lane, said in an email.

'Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years', Gray said in a statement. 'He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, funny, loving and talented, and I will miss him enormously'.

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