Tony Dow’s son and management team have confirmed that the actor is still alive, with his representatives attributing the earlier misinformation to the distraught state of the Leave It To Beaver actor’s wife.
Dow’s son Christopher Dow said “Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart.”
The post has since been removed, and Lauren Dow confirmed to CBS that her husband, who is battling a recurrence of cancer, is still breathing but in hospice care.
In May, Dow and his wife, Lauren Shulkind, announced that the actor had “once again been diagnosed with cancer.” They did not specify the type of cancer.
1Dow is best known for his portrayal of Wally Cleaver, the older brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, in the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” which ran from 1957 to 1963.
In addition to acting, Dow was also a television producer and directed episodes of “Babylon 5,” “The New Leave It to Beaver,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
In the early 2000s, Dow dedicated himself to sculpting full time, according to officials with Bilotta Gallery, an art gallery in Florida that featured Dow’s work.
In 2008, one of his abstract sculptures was shown at an exhibition in Paris’ famed Louvre Museum, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Of course, I’m really proud of ‘Leave It to Beaver’ and my directing career in television,” Dow told the Associated Press in 2008.
“Those are great accomplishments. I’m really proud of them, but this is interesting because I don’t think they know anything about that at the Louvre.”