Wally Cleaver ‘Leave It To Beaver’ actor was 77

“Leave It To Beaver” actor Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver in the popular sitcom, died Tuesday at 77.

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

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

“Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him,” they added.

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

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