UPDATE: Tony Dow’s wife originally reported that her husband died Tuesday, but retracted that statement later in the day.
Famous actor, director and producer Tony Dow was reported as deceased Tuesday morning at the age of 77, but his management team confirms that his distraught wife made an error. The actor is still alive and breathing in the care of professionals, according to TMZ.
His team initially posted an announcement of his passing, after being notified of his supposed-death by his distraught wife. Believing the news to be true, Dow’s team posted sweet tributes and loving memories of their dear friend. Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver on the “Leave it to Beaver” sitcom that ran from 1957 to 1963, was recognized as having suffered with cancer since May, according to TMZ.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 26, 2022
His management team had previously issued an update on Dow’s health July 20, describing it as being “a rollercoaster of ups and downs as Tony continues his fight with cancer.” The “Leave It To Beaver” actor had been “in and out of the hospital with various complications and treatments,” according to that update.
Members of his team took a moment to reflect on Dow’s legacy and his many years in front of the camera entertaining his fans, not realizing that the actor was still alive in a hospice. (RELATED: Hank Williams Jr’s Wife Died After Cosmetic Surgery)
UPDATE: The statement reporting Tony Dow’s death that was posted on his official Facebook page has now been removed https://t.co/1hRfynNZ9M
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 26, 2022
In addition to his legendary role on “Leave It To Beaver,” Dow also lent his acting talents to shows such as “Never Too Late” and “My Three Sons.” He also served in the National Guard for three years in the 1960s, according to TMZ.
The death notice originally posted to Facebook has since been removed, according to TMZ. The Daily Caller will continue to monitor the actor’s condition and will report back with updates.