Tony Dow’s Management Organization Retracts the Star Has Passed Away Announcement!
Tony Dow, an actor, and director best remembered for his portrayal as Wally Cleaver’s elder brother on “Leave It to Beaver,” passed on Tuesday morning, according to a post on his verified Facebook account.
The post has since been deleted by Dow’s management team. Judy Twersky, a longtime friend of Dow’s, spoke with his wife, Lauren Dow, around 3:30 p.m. ET and learned that he was still alive.
Twersky was informed by Lauren Dow that he is still breathing and receiving hospice care. Dow was unaware of what transpired with the statement released by her husband’s management team earlier today, according to Twersky.
When he was 12 years old, he was cast in the soon-to-be-a-hit sitcom Leave It to Beaver.
Dow contributed to the creation of the archetype of the suburban nuclear family and became a household name for millions of viewers through this role. The series aired from 1957 till 1963.
In a January interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Dow described finding that he was granted the role after applying on a whim over a cheeseburger and malt.
“My life ended there,” he said.
Wally Cleaver, the obedient son, great athlete, and Boy Scout, became inexorably linked to Dow, who claimed he struggled to stand alone.
“It’s sad to be famous when you’re 12 or anything, then grow up and become a genuine person, and nothing happens to you,” he told CBS.
Dow, who claimed he suffered from misdiagnosed depression between the ages of 20 and 40, has been vocal about his mental health struggles for decades, long before it was usual for celebrities to do so.
He was an honorary speaker at a National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association meeting in 1993.
In 1993, he told the Baltimore Sun about his depression, “I recognize there’s a perceived irony here.” “The fact that I participated in a television program that exemplified the alleged ideal world of the 1950s while suffering from depression is ironic. However, I am only one of the millions.”
Dow told CBS that he discovered optimism after accepting his diagnosis and beginning therapy. He also turned his optimism into art, sculpting intricate works in his home studio.
“I believe that people should have faith that they can feel better,” he remarked.
Dow continued to work in Hollywood throughout the 1980s, appearing in television programs and reprising his role in “The New Leave It to Beaver.”
In addition, he directed episodes of such television programs as “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Coach,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver opposite Dow on their successful sitcom, informed fans earlier this month that he had been in contact with Dow, whose handlers said he has been “in and out of the hospital with various difficulties and treatments.”
Son Reports That ‘leave It to Beaver’ Actor Tony Dow is Receiving Hospice Care in His ‘final Hours’
According to Tony Dow’s son, who spoke with Fox News Digital, the actor is receiving hospice care in his “final hours” and is best remembered for his role as Wally Cleaver on the television show “Leave It to Beaver.”
Christopher Dow remarked that “right now is a challenging period.” “Yes, he is still alive, but in his final hours; he is receiving care from a hospice,” she said.
The members of Dow’s management team announced the actor’s passing in a post on Facebook earlier on Tuesday; however, the post on the social media platform has since been removed.
His management team received “fake information” from Dow’s wife, Lauren Shulkind, according to an explanation provided by Dow’s son to Fox News Digital.
Dow’s wife is reported as “extremely devastated” and “believed her husband was dead,” as reported by TMZ. After that, she informed the executive staff at Dow.
Additionally, Christopher sent an update on Facebook, in which he wrote: “This is a challenging period of time.
Dad is receiving hospice care at home and is currently in his final hours of life. Along with my wife and a large number of our mutual friends, I am currently standing at his side. He has the spirit of a fighter.”