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Television Actor Larry Hagman Passes Away

Larry Hagman, American television actor whose career spanned over 60 years, passed away due to complications resulting from throat cancer on November 23, 2012. Hagman was best known for his roles as Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson on the 1960s sitcome I Dream of Jeannie and as J.R. Ewing on the 1980s television hit Dallas. He also portrayed a number of supporting roles in several films and television shows as well as worked as a producer and director. In addition to his acting career, Hagman was an advocate for organ transplants, solar energy, and the legalization of marijuana. Before his death, he revealed to the New York Times he wished for his remains to be "spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry."

Those close to Hagman knew that the man who built his life upon hard drinking, hard smoking, and hard living led him to live out his last years sober yet never dull. Hagman's longtime best friend and Dallas costar Linda Gray best described him in a statement following his death with "He was the pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, generous, funny, loving, and talented...an original and lived life to the full."

As the son of actress Mary Martin and Benjamin Hagman, the actor leaves behind his wife, Maj Axelsson, the couple's two children Heidi Kristina and Preston, many friends, his adoring fans, and his legacy of a life lived devoted to his motto: "Vita Celebratio Est" or "Life Is A Celebration."
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