Erin Moran's Brother Has Message for 'Tiny' Scott Baio

And Moran's husband pens emotional letter: Cancer 'got so bad so fast'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2017 7:21 AM CDT
Letter From Moran's Husband: Cancer 'Got So Bad So Fast'
Erin Moran, seen in a Sept. 24, 2008, file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

As Scott Baio walked back his suggestion that drugs and booze had a possible role in Erin Moran's death, Moran's husband put out a letter documenting the actual cause of what killed the actress: stage 4 cancer (friends tell the New York Post it was throat cancer). Variety, which notes the Happy Days star kept her illness quiet, has the letter from Steven Fleischmann in full, and it's a tough read. "It got so bad so fast," he writes of Moran's decline after her December diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma. Fleischmann notes that by mid-February, his wife was no longer able to "speak or eat or drink," though she was "still happy." He says he fell asleep holding her hand in bed on Saturday, and when he woke up about an hour later, "she was just gone."

He adds that the coroner told him the disease's toll on his wife had been "really bad," spreading to her spleen, infecting her brain, and flooding her lungs with fluid. "[The coroner] said even if she was in the hospital being pumped full of antibiotics she still would not of made it," Fleischmann writes. "He said it was the best that she was with me and went in her sleep." Meanwhile, TMZ reports Moran's brother, Tony Moran, is fuming over Baio's initial drug insinuations, and he took to Facebook to vent. In his post Tuesday, Tony mentions Baio's past romantic relationship with his sister and says she dumped him because "she told me that you were tiny. Ya know. Barely a man in the man region." He also had a suggestion for Baio. "I'd advise you to get on your knees and pray you never run into me," he wrote. (More Erin Moran stories.)

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