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Wally Cleaver ‘Leave It To Beaver’ actor was 77

Actor Tony Dow attends the premiere of

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

Dow’s manager Frank Bilotta confirmed in an email to USA TODAY Tuesday that the actor died of cancer.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” said a statement from Bilotta and Renee James, Dow’s management team, posted on Dow’s Facebook page Tuesday.

“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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