Tony Dow, an actor, and director who is best remembered for playing Wally Cleaver in the classic television series “Leave It to Beaver,” is reportedly still alive, according to his family, in spite of a statement released on Tuesday by his management company claiming that he had passed away.
It was announced on Dow’s official Facebook page that “our dear Tony passed away this morning,” but the article has since been removed from the page.
Christopher Dow, the actor’s son, sent a text message to NBC News on Thursday afternoon stating that his father is “still on hospice and in his darkest hour.”
Christopher Dow shared his thoughts, saying, “He has family and friends surrounding him.” “We are grateful that you have kept us in your thoughts and prayers throughout this challenging period.”
Miscommunication was cited as the cause of the uncertainty in a subsequent post made by Dow’s management team on his official page on Facebook.
Dow’s management team responded to the error on Facebook, stating the actor’s wife had informed them of his death.
According to the Facebook post, Dow’s management team has subsequently spoken with the actor’s son Christopher, who confirmed Dow is still alive but not doing well.
Lauren Dow, Dow’s wife, later told ABC7 in Los Angeles and CBS Sunday Morning that her husband is still alive and breathing, but is receiving hospice care at their house.