Former "Grizzly Adams" star Dan Haggerty has died, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
Haggerty, who starred as the beloved title character in the 1977 TV hit "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," was 74.
The actor died early Friday morning at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., following a battle with cancer over the past few months, his manager Terry Bomar exclusively told Access.
Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer after undergoing back surgery, when a tumor on his spine was discovered.
"We found out earlier this month that [the cancer] had taken over," Bomar told Access of Haggerty's worsening condition, noting that the actor had undergone extensive chemotherapy. "He had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family. Then he just took a turn for the worse."
Bomar, who was planning on flying out to Los Angeles on Sunday to see Haggerty, said he is thankful he had one last phone conversation with his longtime friend.
"They put him on speaker phone for me. The last thing I heard him say was, 'I love you,'" Bomar told Access.
In addition to his iconic role as "Grizzly Adams," Haggerty had dozens of acting credits to his name, including roles on "CHiPs," "Charlie's Angels" and "The Love Boat," as well as TV movie follow-ups "The Capture of Grizzly Adams" (1982) and "Escape To Grizzly Mountain" (2000).
For nostalgic fans of the show, who often wonder what happened to the Kodiac bear “Ben” that played Haggerty’s co-star on the much-loved show: according to a past report in the LA Times, the bear died at the Folsom Children's Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 1990. The bear died in his sleep during hibernation, according to the director of the zoo with the cause of death being attributed to chronic heart disease. At only 15 years old, "Ben" was considered "middle-age" at the time of his reported death, and had been the star attraction at the zoo since arriving there in October 1979, and lived at the zoo for 10 years until his passing.
-- Eric Anderson