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David Lander, Squiggy from ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Dead at 73

Rodolfo Vieira
Dec 06, 2020
03:26 P.M.

David Lander, the famous actor known for playing the role of Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman in the all-time classic "Laverne & Shirley," has recently passed away at the age of 73.

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It has been reported that the actor and comedian drew his last breath on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, having died of complications related to multiple sclerosis.

Lander was originally diagnosed with the disease back in 1984, a year after the end of "Laverne & Shirley," but chose to keep his condition a secret out of fear that it would end his career.

Actor David Lander at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 35th Annual Dinner Of Champions at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images

Actor David Lander at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 35th Annual Dinner Of Champions at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images

OPENING UP

For years, the actor kept the diagnosis to himself but in 1999 he finally decided to let the world know about it through his memoir, "Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody."

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In the book, which had a very positive reception, the actor opened up about his condition and used it as a tool to help and inspire others battling the disease.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

Not only that, but Lander also provided the readers with plenty of exercising programs designed to ease their struggle, and introduced them to support groups and alternative forms of medicine.

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Following his passing, Lander's long-time friend Michael McKean shared an old photo of themselves together in his memory.

The late star was surprised by the public's positive response, which gave him the courage to start attending fundraising events, such as the Race to Erase MS gala, as well as speaking at conventions.

Actor David Lander at the Los Angeles premiere of "CinemAbility" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Actor David Lander at the Los Angeles premiere of "CinemAbility" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

HE NEVER SLOWED DOWN

Lander, who also worked as a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, didn't let himself be defined by the disease and kept on working until 2017.

During his long and accomplished career, the actor also appeared in shows such as "Twin Peaks," "Happy Days," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Viva Valdez."

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Lander was also featured in quite a few animated projects, lending his voice to characters in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "101 Dalmatians: The Series" and "Green Lantern: First Flight."

Following his passing, Lander's long-time friend and fellow actor Michael McKean, who knew him since their college days, shared an old photo of themselves together in his memory.

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