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Tributes flow for Dallas star Larry Hagman

Published: 8:20AM Sunday November 25, 2012 Source: BANG Showbiz

Celebrities have paid tribute to Larry Hagman, who died on Friday night.

The 81-year-old actor - famed for playing Dallas villain JR Ewing - passed away from on-going complications in his battle with throat cancer.

Soon after the news broke, stars took to Twitter to remember the actor.

Simon Cowell wrote: "Very sad to hear about Larry Hagman. He was the best TV baddie and from people who met him all said he was a great guy. He will be missed (sic)."

Larry King added: "#RIP Larry Hagman- he was a very special man - he helped me quit smoking and I'll always be grateful (sic)."

Hagman's Dallas co-stars and close friends Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were present with his family during his last moments at Medical City Dallas Hospital and other co-stars past and present also spoke out about the loss.

His I Dream of Jeannie co-star Barbara Eden said: "I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed&I can honestly say that we've lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana.

"Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again," wrote Eden.

While Jesse Metcalfe - who co-starred with Hagman on the Dallas reboot added: "It was truly an honour to share the screen with Mr. Larry Hagman. With piercing wit and undeniable charm he brought to life one of the most legendary television characters of all time.

"But to know the man, however briefly, was to know a passion and dedication for life and acting that was profoundly inspirational," said Metcalfe.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1931. He married Swedish-born Maj Axelsson in 1954 and the couple had two children - Heidi Kristina and Preston. His wife of 58 years is currently battling Alzheimer's.

Hagman openly admitted to alcohol problems during his career, speaking about how he would often drink bottles of champagne on set.

His alcoholism led to him having a life-saving liver transplant in 1995.