'Leave It to Beaver' actor Tony Dow still alive, in hospice care, despite statement announcing death

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July 26, 2022

According to TMZ, actor Tony Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver on the iconic television show “Leave It to Beaver,” is still alive, despite a statement announcing his death from his management team earlier Tuesday.

TMZ reported that Dow’s wife, Lauren, believed her husband was dead and told his manager, which led to the statement being posted to his official Facebook page. The post has since been deleted.

Dow, though, is under hospice care, and his son, Christopher, told Fox News that his father does not have much time left.

“This is a difficult time,” Christopher Dow said. “Yes he is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

TMZ also reported earlier this year that Tony Dow had been diagnosed with cancer.

Beyond “Leave It to Beaver,” Tony Dow also directed episodes of series like “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Coach” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”