Nearly two weeks after Erin Moran’s untimely death, her Happy Days co-star Anson Williams is remembering the late star in the sweetest way.

“My fondest memory of Erin was meeting her and seeing that beautiful smile and kind
spirit,” Anson said of Erin in a new exclusive interview with Closer Weekly. “She was just a joy. She was like a light bulb, lighting up everywhere she went.”

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Erin and Anson on Happy Days.

Erin sadly died on Saturday, April 22 after battling throat cancer. She was 56 years old. Shortly after her passing, many of her Happy Days co-stars including Henry Winkler, Scott Baio, Ron Howard, and more took to social media to pay tribute to her, which proved she was loved by those she shared the set with.

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Today, Anson is remembering the time he recommended Erin for the role of Joanie on Happy Days back in 1974 when Erin was only nine years old. “You could tell Erin was special,” Anson — who played Joanie’s crush Potsie Weber on the long-running sitcom — gushed to Closer.

Today, Anson feels that “special thing” about Erin will live on forever. “She put smiles on millions of faces,” he confessed. “She made the world a better place.” So sweet.

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