The news of late is the sad passing of Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham from Happy Days. Her death was declared the result of a cancer diagnosis. Early media reports suggested that Mrs Moran also had a substance abuse issue which may have contributed to her death.
Her death, while tragic, has started another necessary discussion about substance abuse.
Nothing online or in print suggests that Erin used cannabis, however many facts suggest her addiction to heroin. So how can marijuana be a contributing factor to her death? What does cannabis have to do with any drug overdose death? Marijuana has never killed anybody. Including Erin Moran.
Why don’t we shift this massive force of enforcers to enforce drug laws that actually kill? Heroin. Opiates. Pills.
Supporting the prohibition of cannabis is the same as supporting more heroin abuse plaguing our communities. More dead teenagers and former celebrities.
A lot of research suggests that marijuana can actually help addicts move away from more serious narcotics like heroin and prescription pills. Additionally, clinical studies and the US Government’s own patent suggest that marijuana could also be useful in curing cancer despite aggressive enforcement actions taken against the plant and its users.
Saturday, April 22nd around 3:30 PM my wife received a text message saying Erin Moran had died. I couldn’t believe it. NO PRESS OR MEDIA HAD REPORTED THIS. I thought it may be a hoax. Shortly after that TMZ reported this to be true, along with every other news outlet to follow. I was sad, in disbelief, sick to my stomach, and in complete shock.
Sunday, April 23rd I sat in my office, collected my thoughts to post a statement. I wanted to remember all the best, my most fondest times with Erin. I was still trying to process this loss.
Later that evening, the Internet and television stations were blasting headlines “Erin Moran died due to a heroine overdose “. This made me very upset and angry. This is one of my worse fears for her, or anyone else. Especially in this business. I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I hadn’t slept well since the news of her passing.
Monday, April 24th at 6AM Pacific time I did a live radio interview. I was asked ONLY about Erin’s troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it.
THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED STATING STAGE 4 CANCER.
Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me and of what really happened. They’re stating that I’m saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of “Fake News”. This is crazy.
I’m also trying to process this loss. Erin was my very first real girlfriend. My wife and Erin contacted each other and spoke often for over a decade. I even had her on my reality show years ago. I DID reach out to her over a span of 30 years.
Please stop assuming the worse in me. I’m a compassionate person. I’m very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer.
I don’t see people going after or attacking every network that said it was a drug overdose.
I’ve openly stated my truths.