Tony Dowknown for his role as Wally Cleaver in ‘Leave It To Beaver’, has died…one day after the actor’s management team announced his untimely death.
A new statement posted on Tony’s Facebook page on Wednesday by his management reads: “We have received confirmation from Tony’s son Christopher that Tony passed away earlier this morning with his loving family at his side for accompany him throughout this journey.”
As we reported, a statement was posted on Tony’s official Facebook account on Tuesday announcing the actor’s death – the statement dismantled a few hours later after his management team learned that the actor was in fact still alive.
As for the cause of the confusion, Tony’s manager tells us that Tony’s wife, laurenwho was very distraught at the time, believed her husband – who had been in hospice – was dead.
Tony’s son Christopher posted on Tuesday: “Dad is home in hospice and in his final hours. My wife and I are by his side with many friends who have visited him. He has a heart. beating.”
TMZ broke the story, Tony was diagnosed with liver cancer in May. An update on his battle with cancer last week said it was “…a roller coaster of ups and downs as Tony continues his battle with cancer. Tony has been in and out of hospital with various complications and treatments.”
Born in Hollywood, California – Tony found massive fame as Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It To Beaver’ which ran from 1957 to 1963. He was also on ‘Never Too Young’ and ‘My Three Sons’ before taking a break to serve in The National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He then reprized his role as Wally from 1983 to 1989 in “The New Leave It To Beaver”.
Tony continued acting in the 2000s when he appeared in “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star”.
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