The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died at 74 following a battle with cancer.
The ’70s star passed away at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley on Friday surrounded by friends and family, according to TMZ.
The actor was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago after he underwent surgery for back pain.
The hirsute star, who famously was the real life friend of bears and wildcats, returned home after doctors in the hospital he was receiving treatment at told him time was growing short.
While home, Haggerty met with close friends and family in his final days.
With an impressively muscled physique and uncanny kinship with large carnivorous beasts, Haggerty got jobs as a stuntman and double for Hollywood actors who ‘didn’t like animals leaping on them’.
Then in 1973 he helped re-shoot The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, a 1800s mountain and bear trainer, which became a blockbuster hit the following year.
In the film he portrays real life outlaw and bear trainer James Adams, who while on the run took refuge in the mountains and befriended a bear cub.
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