She was written out of the remainder of the first season, and at the beginning of Season 2, Tom was a widower who later remarried.
Interesting note: Hyland was dating John Travolta at the time of her illness, and died in his arms.
Diana played in only four episodes of the first season before falling ill.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer and died March 27, 1977, 12 days after the first episode aired.
Davis died April 26, 1981, while Season 3 was still on the air.
Rather that write him out of the show immediately, Jock Ewing was kept in the story for another 13 episodes, away in South America exploring for oil.
As the third season progressed, his condition required him to be seated and at times wearing a wig.
Rather than write Coach directly out of the show, Coach’s character was continually referred to over the course of the show.
At the end of the final episode, Sam (Ted Danson) silently pauses to straighten the picture on his way out of the bar.
Most notable for his role in “Sanford and Son,” Redd was looking for a comeback with this new series.
I’ve arranged these in the order of “star” power; the closer the actor was to the center of the scene, the higher up the list. He died from complications following an aortic dissection on May 22, 2004, (the same condition as #1 only 6 months prior).
In the show, his character was killed in an unseen traffic accident. Hexum played Mac Harper, a former Marine hired by Dani Reynolds (Jennifer O’Neill) to locate her husband. On October 12, 1984, while joking between scenes, Hexum took a blank-loaded .44 Magnum and pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger.