(WGHP) — Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver,” is still alive. The update comes hours after his managers issued an incorrect statement on his Facebook page claiming that the 77-year-old actor had died.
By Tuesday afternoon, the erroneous post on Dow’s public Facebook page made by his management team had been taken down. It was replaced with an “urgent update” at 4:35 p.m. confirming that his battle with cancer is continuing on.
“This morning Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked that we notify all his fans,” the update said. “As we are sure you can understand, this has been a very trying time for her. We have since received a call from Tony’s daughter-in-law saying that while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed. Tony’s son Christopher and his daughter-in-law Melissa have also been by his side comforting him, and we will keep you posted on any future updates.”
The earlier statement posted on Facebook post read, “Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him.”
Dow has been fighting cancer since May of this year.
Dow played Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver,” also appearing in “My Three Sons” and “Never Too Late.”
He served time in the national guard and returned as Wally Cleaver for “The New Leave it to Beaver” in the 1980s.