|Above, Jack Larson and Noel Neill in 2005. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The sudden and unexpected passing of Jack Larson shocked his friends and fans.
Jim Nolt, who runs The Adventures Continue website, posted yesterday:
A short while ago I learned that Jack's only complaint of late was being more tired than usual... and he died peacefully on his patio with his dog by his side.Given this, I would hazard a guess that he probably suffered a massive heart attack and slipped away without even being aware that the end was near. He essentially "died on his feet". We should all be so lucky to depart in this way. There's no word as yet on any funeral services for Jack.
Larry Ward reported that the news of Jack's passing saddened and devastated Noel Neill, although she took the news well. She considered Jack to be her oldest and closest friend. Actress Phyllis Coates was also saddened by the news.
Noel and Phyllis are now the remaining two stars of the Adventures of Superman.
CBS News paid tribute to Jack during their network news broadcast last night.
UPDATE: Phyllis Coates posted the following at Legacy.com:
I've always cherished working with you so many years ago in the 'Adventures of Superman'. You were always so good-natured among the entire cast and crew. I know you're with all our other cast members who've preceded you in their journey to Heaven.