Leave It to Beaver’s Tony Dow Has Died at 77, His Family Confirms

Actor Tony Dow, the former child star who appeared in a main role on the classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver, has passed away. The news has been confirmed by his family and comes one day after Dow’s death had erroneously been reported on in the media. A subsequent report clarified that Dow was in his final hours in hospice and did not have long left. With a post on the actor’s official Facebook account, his family has officially announced that Dow died at the age of 77 following a cancer battle.

“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey,” the announcement reads. “We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—’It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.’”


The post adds, “Our heart goes out to Tony’s wife, Lauren, who will miss her soulmate of 42 years…To his son, Christopher, who will dearly miss his father, who was also his best friend…to his daughter-in-law, Melissa, who loved him like her own father…To his Granddaughter, Tyla, who will undoubtedly carry on her Grandfather’s kind soul, To his Brother Dion and Sister-in-Law, Judy, and to all of his extended family and friends. Words cannot express how much we will all feel his absence, but will cherish the memories he left to each and every one of us.”

“Although this is a very sad day, I have comfort and peace that he is in a better place,” Dow’s son Christopher also said in the actor’s death announcement. “He was the best Dad anyone could ask for. He was my coach, my mentor, my voice of reason, my best friend, my best man in my wedding, and my hero. My wife said something powerful and shows the kind of man he was. She said: “Tony was such a kind man. He had such a huge heart and I’ve never heard Tony say a bad or negative thing about anyone.”

Tony Dow Announced His Cancer Diagnosis In May

Tony Dow and his family had made the announcement of his illness in May. At that time, a social media post from Dow’s wife Lauren informed fans that Dow was again battling cancer, but that he was approaching this fight with courage. She referred to the news as “heartbreaking” and had asked for kind words of support for the coming months.

The post read, “Dear friends and fans of Tony Dow, I have some very sad news to share with you. Unfortunately, Tony has once again been diagnosed with cancer. He is approaching this reality so bravely, but it is truly heartbreaking. We want to thank you in advance for your caring thoughts. Our Love, Lauren & Tony.”

Rest in peace, Tony Dow.