JR’s final journey

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The ashes of former "Dallas" star Larry Hagman are to be scattered around the world after two private ceremonies in Texas and California this week, his agent has said.

The American actor, who as unscrupulous oil magnate JR Ewing captivated the hit show's global audience for more than a decade, died after complications arising from throat cancer last week.

"His family will decide what to do with his ashes," agent John Castonia said in a video published on the Entertainment Tonight television show's website, confirming that there will be no official burial.

"He'll be spread around the world, basically. His son travels a great deal, and I know it'll give Larry great pleasure," Castonia said.

There is also some talk of a statue being erected in Dallas to mark the late actor's place in the affections of Texans after his 1978-1991 role in the original show, which has recently been revived on the TNT network.

"It would be a fine tribute to him," Castonia said of Hagman, who was 81 when he died on Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

The actor, who lived in California, was in 1992 diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, which later developed into a cancerous tumor.

Three years later, he underwent a liver transplant that saved his life. Once known for his partying ways, he gave up drinking and smoking and later headed anti-smoking campaigns.

Hagman first became a TV star in 1965 in the comedy series "I Dream of Jeannie," but it was not until "Dallas" came along that his Hollywood career really took off.

Wearing a Stetson and a smile that barely concealed his constant scheming, Hagman's playing of the villainous millionaire J.R. won him worldwide fame and powered the TV series to its place as one of the highest-rated of all time. – Sapa-AFP


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