Life and death are a part of our existence. When it’s life we celebrate and rejoice and when it’s death we are solemn, sad and serious. However, when deaths aren’t close or personal viewers can stand from a distance and hand out their condolences. But if a death occurs to a loved one, then all of a sudden that shock reverberates through your mind, body and your immediate family.
When Erin Moran passed away, it devastated her husband. But how he dealt with her death should be recognized.
Read on to find out more on how the husband of Happy Days star Erin Moran dealt with the death of his lifelong partner.
Erin Moran was the star of Happy Days and also on Joannie Loves Chachi. Unfortunately, on April 22, she passed away after a battle with cancer.
Her husband, Steve Fleischmann, is ready to go public with his emotions and thoughts via a letter.
The letter began with Steve describing when he met his wife. “Erin and I met on 4/22/1992 and parted ways on 4/22/17.’
Steve wanted to celebrate their 25 year anniversary in Louisville but unfortunately, Erin had to fight a battle against skin cancer and was bedridden instead.
The news of the sudden disease caught the couple off guard. Steve said that on the day of their anniversary (November 23) she was ‘feeling fine.’
However, a couple of days later, the pair awoke to find a dime sized blood stain on her pillowcase. Originally, Erin thought she had bit her tongue in her sleep.
She was feeling fine and healthy at the time so the pair decided not to delve too deep into the matter and went about their daily arrangements.
It wasn’t until a couple of months went by (and still more blood stains) did the pair realize that the blood was coming from Erin’s tonsils.
When a biopsy was performed, doctors revealed that it was squamous cell carcinoma that was the cause of her problems.
The couple did everything in their power to take down the cancer but the disease ‘got so bad so fast.’ By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink, according to Steve.
Steve went on to say that five days a week Erin would go through radiation and Thursdays were reserved for only chemotherapy.
Steve said that despite the tough, arduous battle, Erin was still happy and in good spirits. He said that ‘she was still happy. She was active. She texted people on her phone all day.’
Suddenly, things got worse. On the 21st, Erin began having trouble breathing. The next day Steve went out to get some Kleenex and then for the remainder of the day he stayed in bed with his wife watching TV.
Steve said that he ‘laid down next to her, held her right hand in my left. I fell asleep, woke up about an hour later still holding her hand and she was gone, she was just gone.’
This heartbreaking story doesn’t get any better as Steve stated that the Cancer Institute never notified him or Erin about how bad and quickly the disease was spreading.
Only through the coroner did Steve learn that the cancer had spread to her spleen and parts of her brain. He was also told that there was a lot of fluid stored in her lungs.
He ended his heartfelt letter with ‘so that’s it.’ He decided to publicize his letter since reporters have been ‘relentless’ and have been banging on his door day and night.
He has even had to call the police in an attempt to scare the reporters away.
The coroner said that despite the sad situation, it was best for Erin to have passed in bed with Steve since even if she was ‘pumped full of antibiotics in the hospital, she still wouldn’t have made it.’
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and his (and Erin’s) family at this time. May she rest in peace.