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R.I.P. Larry Hagman

The iconic star of “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie” passes away at  81.

Earlier today, Larry Hagman died at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas from complications of cancer while surrounded by family and friends. Hagman had previously announced that he suffered from stage 2 throat cancer.

Born on September 21, 1931, Hagman was the son of Broadway actress Mary Virginia Martin, and Benjamin Jackson Hagman. Hagman got his start on TV during the ‘50s with guest appearances on “Search for Tomorrow” and “The Edge of Night” among other series.

In 1965, Hagman had his first breakout television series opposite Barbara Eden in “I Dream of Jeannie.” Hagman portrayed NASA astronaut Anthony "Tony" Nelson, while Eden was an unintentionally mischievous genie named Jeannie who fell in love with Tony.

While “I Dream of Jeannie” has remained popular in syndication for decades, Hagman is far better known for playing the oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1978 CBS series “Dallas;” which ran for 14 seasons and became one of the most popular dramas of the ‘80s.

J. R. Ewing was a charismatic and often villainous figure whom the audience quickly embraced, turning Hagman into a major star. At the peak of “Dallas’” popularity, the infamous “Who Shot J. R.?” storyline became one of the most watched events in TV history.

Hagman reprised his famous role earlier this year on the TNT revival of “Dallas” alongside original cast members Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey.

Following reports of Hagman’s demise, TNT released a statement which read: “All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

CraveOnline extends its condolences and best wishes to Hagman’s family, friends and fans all over the world.