RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A legend and household name to many fans of “Leave it to Beaver,” Tony Dow, was reported dead by his management team when it made the announcement on his official Facebook page.
As it turns out, the sitcom favorite is still alive and was mistakenly “believed” by his wife to be dead.
Dow’s manager, Frank Bilotta, had said earlier in the day that his cause of death was complications from liver cancer.
Dow’s wife, Lauren, had told Tony’s management team Tuesday morning that she “believed her husband was dead.”
Later in the afternoon, she cleared things up to say he is “still alive and breathing while in hospice care.” She further said she was “distraught” over the error.
Following the initial story of his death on TMZ, national and local outlets shared in eulogizing the famed actor. Thankfully for many fans, the man behind the all-American character of Wally Cleaver is still alive.
Dow was a key part of the Cleaver family featured on the “Leave it to Beaver” sitcom that began on CBS and found its way into the homes of millions of TV viewers in the late 50s and early 60s. Reruns of the show are still enjoyed today on DVD and through streaming services.