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David Nelson -- 'Ozzie and Harriet' Star -- Dead

1/12/2011 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Nelson who starred in one of the most popular sitcoms ever -- "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" -- is dead at the age of 74.

David Nelson Dead

Nelson was the last surviving member of the cast.  The show, which ran from 1952 - 1966, featured David, his brother Ricky (who was also a huge singer), and parents Ozzie and Harriet.

Ricky Nelson -- who's hits include "Garden Party" and "Hello Mary Lou" and "Travelin' Man" -- died at age 45 in a plane crash in 1985.

David -- who died of complications from colon cancer -- is survived by his wife and five children.


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mer    

what? it's not "hard to understnad at all". colon cancer is not entirely "preventable", it's the third deadliest cancer in the world, and the top five are all digestive forms. NO cancer is preventable, especially if there is a genetic predisposition for it- if a parent had cancer, especially stomach, liver, kidney, and colorectal, the chance of a child getting it is more than doubled. you can get screened every month, never smoke, be active, and live the healthiest lifestyle imaginable, but it sometimes it still just happens. that's what makes cancer suck so much- it's a completely non-discriminate killer. children get colon cancer- what did they do to cause it? don't tarnish the man's image by insinuating he did something to cause his death. have some respect, not only to his family, but to cancer patients and survivors in general.

1325 days ago
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tina    

I was so very sorry to hear about the death of David Nelson. To all of us that grew up in he 50's......we will miss the whole Nelson Family now! The Ozzie & Harriet Show was one of my very favorite shows to watch. Wish modern tv could get back to wholesome shows. I am sure David is happy in heaven with his mom, dad and brother now. RIP David Nelson Wish the fans had known of his illness.....I know that I would have written to him. My sympathy to his family. He was a wonderful person and actor!

1312 days ago
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