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Heaven Just Got A Little More Tom Bosley

Gabe Delahaye | October 19, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Well, what are you going to do? It’s a big world out there, full of people. Some of them die. From the New York Times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Bosley, the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running “Happy Days,” has died. He was 83.

Bosley died of heart failure early Tuesday at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. Bosley’s agent, Sheryl Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer.

When he was first offered the costarring role in “Happy Days,” a series about teenage life in the 1950s, he turned it down.

“After rereading the pilot script,” he recalled in a 1986 interview, “I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father/son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project.”

Just think. If he had turned the project down and never fallen in love with the script, he might have died like the hundreds of thousands of people who die every day, without any mention of the event being made on a pop culture blog. R.I.P. Tom Bosley. You will be missed. You’re in heaven now, working out with the angels.