Dallas star Larry Hagman died at age 81 on Friday evening, more than one year after being diagnosed with "treatable" cancer.
Hagman, who also starred in the 1960s comedy I Dream of Jeannie, reprised his role as the evil oilman J.R. Ewing on the TNT update, which is readying its second season launch on Jan. 28.
In a joint statement issued by Dallas studio Warner Bros. TV and Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, as well as the cast and crew, they celebrated Hagman's "giant, larger-than-life personality." Hagman had filmed six of the 15 episodes for the new season.
"Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history," the statement said. "He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
"All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman's passing," said TNT in a statement. "He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."
At press time, Hagman's death was not expected to impact the second season premiere date.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.
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