Erin Moran’s husband is opening up on the final months of the “Happy Days” star’s life.
In an open letter shared by former co-star Scott Baio on Facebook, Steve Fleischmann described how the 56-year-old actress had no idea she was gravely ill until around Thanksgiving in 2016.
“Erin woke up and had about a dime size blood stain on her pillowcase,” wrote the widower. “She said I think I bit my tongue… We get like 4 days into December, there’s more blood. I get a flashlight and say let me look. It was not her tongue it was her tonsil and on the left side. I thought it was tonsillitis.”
After a visit to the ENT, Moran was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer which is mainly caused by UV exposure over the course of a lifetime. She promptly began radiation and chemotherapy to fight the disease. Unfortunately, it quickly worsened.
“It got so bad so fast,” wrote Fleischmann. “By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink. She had a feeding tube implant and I feed her 6 to 8 times a day. She was still happy, she was active, she texted people on her phone all day.”
By April 21st, Moran had difficulty breathing. She would pass away on April 22nd, while watching television and holding her husband’s hand.
“The coroner told me it was really bad,” added Fleischmann. “It had spread to her spleen, she had a lot of fluid in her lungs and part of her brain was infected. The coroner said even if she was in the hospital being pumped full of antibiotics she would still not of [sic] made it. He said it was the best that she was with me and went in her sleep.”