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article imageLarry Hagman, star of Dallas dead at 81

By KJ Mullins     Nov 24, 2012 in Entertainment
Dallas - Actor Larry Hagman died today at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas at the age of 81 from throat cancer according to a statement released by his family.
Hagman was the son of actress of Mary Martin. He was raised by his grandmother after his parents divorced in Los Angeles. Martin lived in New York working as a stage actress. When Hagman's grandmother died he joined his mother in New York.
A veteran of stage, television and movies, Hagman rose to fame as the lead Major Anthony Nelson in TV's I Dream of Jeannie co-starring with Barbara Eden.
In the late 1970s he was cast as the man America loved to hate in Dallas. Starring as J.R. Ewing, a ruthless oil tycoon. Ewing was known for stabbing anyone in the back, including his own family. Ewing was shot during the cliffhanger of the second season of Dallas leading audiences questioning over the summer break as to 'Who Shot JR'? It was revealed that his sister-in-law Kristin had pulled the trigger.
He recently returned to the role in 2012.
In 1995 Hagman underwent a liver transplant after developing cirrhosis in 1992 and liver cancer from years of hard drinking. He had said that he drank on average four bottles of champagne a day for 15 years. When he faced illness he quit smoking and drinking.
He was an advocate for organ donation. He was also outspoken about using marijuana.
The National Post reports that Hagman told the Times that after death he wanted his remains to be ‚ÄĚspread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry."
Hagman is survived by his wife Maj Axelsson, their children Heidi Kristina and Preston. The couple were married almost 60 years. Ms Axelsson suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
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