NFL Hall of Famer and actor of “Little House on the Prairie” fame, Merlin Olsen, has died at his Utah home of cancer. He was 69.
Olsen had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.
When Olsen’s former “Little House” co-star, Melissa Gilbert (@MelissaEGilbert) heard of his death, she tweeted:
“Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I an so sad. My heart
go out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, men I
have ever known. The personification of the Gentle Giant. Forever now,
a guardian angel.”
]]>Dick Enberg as a sportscaster for college and NFL games.
The football star transitioned to Hollywood in 1977 when he joined the
cast of “Little House on the Prairie.” After four years as Michael
Landon’s sidekick on the show, Olsen took the lead role in the
Landon-created “Father Murphy.”
Last year, Olsen sued various paint and manufacturing companies as
well as NBC and 20th Century Fox, claiming they exposed him to
asbestos, which is known to be the primary source of mesothelioma. The
law suit was pending at the time of his death.
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