‘Leave It To Beaver’ actor Wally Cleaver was 77

Actor Tony Dow attends the premiere of

Tony Dow, ‘Leave It To Beaver’ actorwho played Wally Cleaver on the popular sitcom, died Tuesday at age 77.

Dow manager Frank Bilotta said in an email to USA TODAY on Tuesday that the actor “passed away from cancer.”

In a now-deleted statement on Dow’s Facebook page, Bilotta and Renee James shared the news: “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” they wrote. declared.

“Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His soft voice and unassuming manner were immediately heartwarming and you couldn’t help love,” they added.

“The world has lost an incredible human being, but we are all richer in the memories he left us. Warm memories of Wally Cleaver to those of us lucky enough to know him personally – thank you Tony. And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and the feeling that you were a big brother to all of us,” the post read.

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