CORYDON, Ind. — Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home.
A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn't specify what type.
The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Officials say standard toxicology test results are pending but that no illegal narcotics were found at the home.
A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. In 1974, she was cast in "Happy Days" as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard.
The role continued in 1982 with Scott Baio in "Joanie Loves Chachi." The show only lasted one season.
She later landed guest roles on "Murder, She Wrote," "Desperation Boulevard," and "Celebrity Fit Club."
In 2013, despite reports that she would be reunited with former Happy Days co-stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Scott Baio in the fourth season of Arrested Development, she did not appear in the revamped Netflix series