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'Leave It To Beaver' star Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver, dead at 77

Promotional studio portrait of actors Tony Dow (L) and Jerry Mathers from the television series, 'Leave It to Beaver,' circa 1957. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Tony Dow, the actor who played Wally Cleaver in the hit 1950s sitcom “Leave It To Beaver," has died at the age of 77.

The announcement was posted to Dow's Facebook page Wednesday, saying his death was confirmed by his son Christopher.

We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man," the post reads. "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 actor's death was erroneously reported Tuesday after a post saying he had passed away was published to his Facebook page. According to TMZ, Dow's wife Lauren believed her husband had died while in hospice care and told his management team.

The actor's team said on social media last week that Dow's fight with cancer was had been "rollercoaster of ups and down" and that he was facing various complications from the disease. Dow first announced his diagnosis in May.

"Leave It to Beaver" ran from 1957 to 1963 and centered on the adventures of Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, played by Jerry Mathers, and his suburban family and friends. Dow's character Wally was Theodore's brother.

Dow was also a producer and director.

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