Larry Hagman, 81, whose character J.R. Ewing on the celebrated television show “Dallas” became one of the most enduring villains in American television history, died in that Texas city Friday, according to a statement from his family.
He died at Medical City Dallas Hospital, the family said in a statement first released to the Dallas Morning News. The cause of death was complications from Hagman’s recent battle with cancer, his family said.
“Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most,” the family said in their statement. “Larry’s family and closest friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for,” the statement said.
As oil magnate J.R. Ewing, the actor shocked, astounded and fascinated millions of viewers through more than 300 episodes, by placing before them the essence of scheming villainy, and seeming to devote a kind of slippery charm to testing the limits of duplicity and sharp practice.