Scott Baio is defending himself today over remarks he made about the death of former co-star Erin Moran.
"I'm OK, a little shocked ... but not completely shocked that this happened", he said on the radio show. But, given his initial response, you could also argue that comments like "I'm very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer" aren't helping his case. "RIP Erin. I'll always remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens", wrote Howard. I feel asleep woke up about a hour later still holding her hand and she was gone, she was just gone. "Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News'".
"The Internet and television stations were blasting headlines 'Erin Moran died due to a heroin overdose, '" he wrote. This is one of my worse [sic] fears for her, or anyone else.
Toxicology reports from Moran's death are still pending, and there is no confirmation that drugs were a contributing factor to her death.
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Amid these defenses, Baio also posted a detailed letter on Tuesday morning written by Moran's widower, Steven Fleischmann, which chronicled her decline.
Erin Moran arrived at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles in September 2008. "Erin Moran played her younger sister". In response to a critical tweet from Tonight Show writer Chase Mitchell, Baio said he was being attacked for political reasons, claiming "You bash me ONLY because I supposed Pres @realDonaldTrump". "My wife @MrsScottBaio spoke to Erin less than 1 month ago".
"If I was a liberal Hollywood person I would have gotten a complete pass", he told Inside Edition. I DID reach out to her over a span of 30 years. "You try a couple of times and if they don't want the help, I gotta go, sorry".
Scott Baio, who played the other title character in Joanie Loves Chachi, stated that he was "not surprised" by Moran's death.
Steve, who Wednesday Erin in 1993, goes on to claim medics never told them just how badly the cancer had become, and after her passing on Saturday, he learned from the coroner it had spread to her spleen and her brain.