LEAVE IT TO BIEBER Actor Tony Doe has died at the age of 77 – just 24 hours after his wife erroneously announced his death.
Doe’s son, Christopher, officially confirmed his father’s death on Wednesday, months after he announced his recurrence of liver cancer on May 5.
“While this is a very sad day, it comforts and reassures me that it is in a better place,” Doe’s son said.
“He was the best dad you could ask for. He was my coach, my mentor, my voice of reason, my best friend, my best man at my wedding and my hero.
“My wife said something powerful and showed what kind of person he was. She said, “Tony was such a kind person. He had such a huge heart and I never heard Tony speak badly or negatively about anyone.”
The actor’s team said they received “confirmed” information from Christopher regarding Doe’s death.
“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son that Tony passed away this morning and his loving family has been by his side to accompany him on this journey,” Dow’s team wrote on Facebook.
“We know the whole world is saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to all of us and was loved by many.
“One fan said it best: ‘It’s rare to have someone that everyone loves as much as Tony.’
“Our hearts go out to Tony’s wife, Lauren, who will miss her soul mate for 42 years. To his son Christopher, who will miss his father, who was also his best friend.
“His daughter-in-law Melissa, who loved him like a father. To his granddaughter Thila, who will no doubt inherit the kind soul of her grandfather.”
The statement continued: “To his brother Dion and sister-in-law Judy and all his extended family and friends.
“Words cannot express how much we will all feel his absence, but we will cherish the memories he left for each of us.”
Doe’s team erroneously announced his death on Tuesday. TMZ that his wife “believed her husband was dead and reported it to his management”.
Lauren said that due to some health issues the previous Tuesday night, she told several people close to her that her husband had died.
The actor’s wife said she was distraught and heartbroken over his health struggles over the past few months.
Despite the excitement, Doe died on Wednesday after being admitted to hospice care at his home.
In a recently deleted Facebook post, Dow’s team wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning.
“Tony was a wonderful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy just to be with him. His soft voice and unpretentious manner were immediately reassuring, and you couldn’t help but love him.
“The world has lost an amazing man, but we are all richer from the memories he left us. From Wally Cleaver’s cautionary tales to those of us lucky enough to know him personally, thank you Tony.
“And thank you for thinking about a simpler time, laughing, making friends and feeling like you were a big brother to all of us. We will miss you.”
Back in May, Doe’s wife said the actor was “boldly” approaching the illness.
“Unfortunately, Tony has been diagnosed with cancer again. He approaches this reality so boldly, but it’s truly heartbreaking. We want to thank you in advance for your caring thoughts.”
“I FEEL IMPROVED EVERY DAY”
Later that month, Dow updated his fans on the state of his health, stating that his immunotherapy appears to be working.”
“Hey guys… how are you? As you probably know, I recently had health issues and would like to keep you updated. I’m starting immunotherapy and it seems to be working,” the Leave It to Beaver actor shared on Facebook.
“Now I can stand up and walk without assistance and feel better every day. On the 31st I have an important day with the doctor and I hope for a good report.
“Enough of that… I really wanted to touch base and thank all of you who thought, prayed and hoped for my recovery.”
He continued, “All the thoughts, cards, and well wishes have had a huge impact on me, and I am grateful for all the care you have shown.
“It’s amazing how the world can change with more love and respect. Let’s do our best to “make this world a better place” for our friends, families and even our adversaries.”
Dow, who celebrated his 77th birthday in April, was best known for playing Beaver’s older brother Wally Cleaver throughout the television series Leave It to Beaver.
The actor appeared in all 234 episodes of the series.
Dow has also starred in shows such as The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young, My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, and Lassie.
From 1983 to 1989, Dow resurrected his iconic role as Wally alongside Jerry Mathers in New Leave It to Beaver.
In 2017, Dow reflected on his acting career and celebrated the 60th anniversary of Leave It To Beaver in an interview. with the Republic of Arizona.
“It’s nice to be remembered in any way, so I got it,” Dow said at the time.
“I appreciate the show much more. I wasn’t ungrateful, but I’ve always been a little rebellious.”
Dow is survived by his wife Lauren.