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"Happy Days" star Erin Moran "likely" died of cancer, say authorities

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images/David Livingston(INDIANA) — Indiana authorities say Saturday’s death of Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, “likely” died of cancer.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana posted the preliminary cause of death, noting that an autopsy of Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann found that she, “likely succumbed to complications of of stage 4 cancer.” What type of cancer was unspecified.

While toxicology tests were performed as a matter of course, the authorities noted, “no illegal narcotics were found at the residence.” Toxicology test results are pending.

Moran, 56, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies’ Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham, in 1974. She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio’s character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder. In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

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Richard Simmons "in good spirits" after returning home from hospitalization

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By Stephen Iervolino

(LOS ANGELES) — Richard Simmons is back home recovering after three days at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles battling severe indigestion.

Simmons took to Facebook Sunday thanking hospital staff and law enforcement, writing “They make you feel good even though you’re in the hospital for feeling bad.”

He offered further praise of his medical caregivers, emergency responders and the U.S. military, saying, “They were so helpful and kind as I returned home. Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world. They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them.”

Michael Catalano, Simmons’ longtime manager, confirmed to ABC News that Simmons returned home sooner than expected Thursday afternoon. “Richard is happy to be back home and thankful to everyone who has reached out. Richard is in good spirits.”

Last week, Catalano released a statement to ABC News saying, “After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment.”

Simmons, 68, who over the past few years has vanished from the public eye, signed a business deal for “merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities,” Catalano announced earlier this month.

Catalano told ABC News on April 6 that Simmons pursued the deal.

The new venture comes on the heels of questions in recent years about Simmons’ health, as were put forward in a viral podcast on the fitness icon’s disappearance from public view, titled Missing Richard Simmons.

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Make Miley Marvel: Singer makes uncredited appearance in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — She’s cosmic and she’s already familiar with having a secret identity after playing both Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana for years, so it makes sense that Miley Cyrus is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It turns out that Miley has a uncredited “appearance” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the voice of the evolved technology Mainframe.

The news was first reported by blogger Sarah Ruhlman on Friday, after director James Gunn made the revelation during a press junket.

“I was watching The Voice and I [thought] she’s so likable and her voice is awesome, she’s got the best voice,” he said. “And then I asked [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige], ‘What do you think about casting Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe?’ He was like, ‘Well, if you think we can get her…’ and I got her to do it.”

Incidentally, Miley isn’t the only singer to lend pipes to a bit of technology in the Guardians universe: Gunn’s pal Rob Zombie provided the voice of the Ravagers’ mother ship in the original film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5.

Disney is the parent of Marvel and ABC News.

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"The Fate of the Furious" smokes the competition for the second straight week

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By Stephen Iervolino

Universal – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — The Fate of the Furious dominated the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $36.6 million, bringing its total in the states to $163.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Overseas, the eighth installment of the Fast franchise racked up an estimated $163.4 million, bringing its worldwide sales to $908.4 million.

Fox’s The Boss Baby and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast finished in second and third place again this week, hauling in $12.75 million and $9.97 million, respectively.

Disney’s Born in China had the biggest opening of this week’s new releases, bowing in fourth place, with an estimated $5.1 million — an improvement over the last two Disney nature documentaries, 2015’s Monkey Kingdom and 2014’s Bears. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Going in Style rounded out the top five, earning 5 million.

The week’s other new offerings, all had disappointing opening weekends. Unforgettable took seventh place with $4.8 million; The Promise, came in ninth with $4 million; Phoenix Forgotten finished at number 11 with $2 million; and Free Fire only managed to pull in $1 million, for a 17th place finish.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

  1. The Fate of the Furious, $38.6 million
    2. The Boss Baby, $12.75 million
    3. Beauty and the Beast, $9.97 million
    4. Born in China, $5.1
    5. Going in Style, $5 million
    6. Smurfs: The Lost Village, $4.85 million
    7. Unforgettable, $4.8 million
    8. Gifted, $4.5 million
    9. The Promise, $4 million
    10. The Lost City of Z, $2.1 million

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"Happy Days" star Erin Moran dead at 56

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By Andrea Dresdale

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(Harrison County, IN) — Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. She was 56.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana confirmed to ABC News that on Saturday, it received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. When the responders arrived, they determined that the woman, identified as Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann, was deceased. An autopsy is pending.

Moran, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies’ Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham, in 1974. She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio’s character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder. In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

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