Report: Larry Hagman, the Man behind Iconic Supervillain JR Ewing, Dies

(CNN)-

Actor Larry Hagman, who created one of television’s iconic supervillains with the treacherous J.R. Ewing of “Dallas,” died Friday, according to a family statement released to the Dallas Morning News. He was 81.

Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from cancer, the statement said.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” it said.

“Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”

Hagman became a household name in 1978 with the role of J.R. Ewing, the scheming Texas oil tycoon, in the prime-time soap opera “Dallas.”

In 1980, the show became a mega-hit with the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger that left Americans guessing at who pulled the trigger and whether the character would survive.

Hagman reprised the role of J.R. Ewing in 2012 on TNT’s remake “Dallas.”

CNN’s Chelsea J. Carter and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

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