Larry Hagman, who played the evil oilman J.R. Ewing on the hit primetime soap Dallas, has died, sources close to the actor told The Dallas Morning News. He was 81.
Hagman, who before Dallas starred with Barbara Eden on another TV hit, I Dream of Jeannie, died Friday afternoon in a Dallas hospital.
In October 2011, the actor said he had a "treatable" form of cancer and that he would work on TNT's Dallas reboot during treatment.
"As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer," he said then. "I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can't keep J.R. down!"
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