The wife of Tony Dow, the actor and director best remembered for his role as Wally Cleaver’s older brother on “Leave It to Beaver,” has confirmed that her husband is still alive despite reports to the contrary on Tuesday.
In a previous statement, Dow’s reps announced the popular actor’s passing.
Eyewitness News received confirmation from Lauren Dow that although her husband is receiving hospice care at home, he is still conscious and breathing.
She claimed that based on a few health problems that appeared over night, Lauren deduced that her spouse had died, and she informed her loved ones.
Lauren claimed that during the past few months, her husband’s health fight has left her upset and grieving.
She admits that she made a mistake when she announced her spouse had passed away, but she regrets stirring up trouble at such a trying time. She gushed about how much she “loves and cherishes” her spouse of 42 years.
His death was announced in a Facebook post that has since been taken down.
The 12-year-old boy, who shot to fame after being hired in the upcoming hit sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” said in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
Long before it was normal for famous people to publicly discuss their mental health struggles, Dow, who claimed he suffered from untreated depression from the age of 20 to 40, talked up about his struggles for decades.
He delivered an honourable speech at a National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association meeting in 1993.
He admitted to being depressed to the Baltimore Sun in 1993, saying, “I recognise there’s a perceived irony about this. “I mean, here I am, depressed, and I was in a TV show that supposedly represented the perfect society of the 1950s. I’m only one in a million, though.”
Dow told CBS that he discovered optimism after accepting his diagnosis and starting therapy. He also used that hope to inspire his artwork, creating elaborate sculptures in his home studio.
I believe that people should have faith in their ability to feel better, he stated.
In the 1980s, Dow returned to his position in “The New Leave It to Beaver,” continuing his career in Hollywood. He also appeared in TV shows. He has directed episodes of shows including “Coach,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Harry and the Hendersons.”
Earlier this month, Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver opposite Dow on their popular comedy, told fans that he had been in touch with Dow, who, according to Dow’s handlers, has been “in and out of the hospital with various difficulties and treatments.”