David Nelson of “Ozzie and Harriet” fame passes away aged 74

Actor David Nelson has died at the age of 74 years after complications related to colon cancer with which he had suffered for some time.

Nelson will be remembered for his introduction and subsequent long term inclusion on his parent’s hit TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a show which pioneered reality TV as we know it today. Nelson passed away on Monday, January 10th at his home in Los Angeles.

David Nelson was the last remaining cast member from the popular real-life TV family show, and their sitcom aired on the small screen between 1952 and 1966.

Nelson left school and then went on to attend the University of Southern California before he convinced his parents to let him take part in the show. He was joined on the screen by his brother Ricky who became a teen idol.

David Nelson was given the accolade of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and during his career he notched up a range of TV and film appearances, including roles in Peyton Place, The Big Circus and Love and Kisses.

He leaves behind his wife, Yvonne; as well as four sons and a daughter. According to reports from the Associated Press a memorial service will be held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 13th.

Other recently deceased stars include  Mick Karn, Gerry Rafferty, plus read more about colon cancer, bowel cancer and pancreatic cancer.

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