Leave It to Beaver Star 'Wally Cleaver' Isn't Dead

Tony Dow obituaries were published after 'erroneous' statement from management team
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2022 12:05 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2022 6:36 PM CDT
Leave It to Beaver Star 'Wally Cleaver' Has Died
From left, Tony Dow as Wally, Barbara Billingsley as June, Hugh Beaumont as Ward, and Jerry Mathers as Beaver, the cast of the TV series "Leave It to Beaver."   (AP Photo/File)

Update: Reports of Tony Dow's death have apparently been exaggerated. The New York Times says it published an obituary of the Leave It to Beaver actor after his management team made an announcement on Facebook "which proved erroneous and has since been deleted." Relatives say the 77-year-old, who has liver cancer, is in hospice care. "This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart," son Christopher Dow said in the family's most recent Facebook post, per Variety. (More obituary stories.)

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