Larry Hagman dead at 81: 'Dallas'' J.R. Ewing says goodbye
"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," the family says in a statement. "Larry's family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."
According to reports, Hagman's "Dallas" co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were at his bedside when he passed away. Hagman played J.R. Ewing on the nighttime soap from 1978 to 1991.
He returned when the series was revived in 2012, and appeared on the first season of the reboot. At the time of his death, Hagman had already filmed scenes for the second season of the TNT series, which is currently expected to premiere on January 28, 2013 with a two-hour event. As of press time, no decisions have been made regarding how Hagman's passing will be addressed on the series.
The television icon is survived by his wife, Maj Axelsson, and their two adult children, Heidi and Preston.
UPDATE: Statements from the companies behind the "Dallas" reboot have been issued.
Warner Bros., the studio that produces the show, issued a statement on behalf of the cast, crew, and executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin. "Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history. He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the 'Dallas' family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
TNT, the network that airs the series, adds, " 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."