TV star Larry Hagman dies at 81


Larry Hagman, whose portrayal of one of television's most beloved villains, JR Ewing, led the CBS series Dallas to enormous world popularity, has died. He was 81.

Hagman died in Dallas, where he had been filming the sequel series to his famous show. The death was caused by complications arising from cancer, his family said in a statement.

"Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," the family said.

For a time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hagman could lay claim to the title of most famous actor in the world.

Dallas, a soapy saga of a ranch-owning Texas oil family, the Ewings, was a hit in 57 countries.

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