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Former ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star Ed Asner, 91, Dead From Cancer

Ted Hartley on how actor Ed Asner helped him fight. — TMZ (@TMZ) September 5, 2016

Actor Ed Asner died Tuesday after a battle with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare cancer in which the cells of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord grow in the center of the skull.

In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren a couple years ago, the 91-year-old said that the news of his cancer came as a surprise, even to him. He went on to admit that after he got the news, he called his doctor and broke down, revealing he had been an alcoholic.

Despite his drinking and diagnosis, Asner continued to work – and star in.

He is perhaps best known for his iconic role as the cranky Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Asner had been hospitalized over the summer with the incurable malady, which is not contagious.

The character actor is survived by his wife of 68 years, Susan, whom he married in January.

Asner was at a January Oscars party for “I, Tonya,” in which he played the coach of Tonya Harding.

Watch the interview with Asner above.

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