Dan Haggerty, famous for playing Grizzly Adams in the 70s TV show The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams, has died. He was 74.

He died on Friday morning at a California hospital after battling cancer for five months.

Doctors discovered the cancer when he went in for surgery on his back. 

He underwent chemotherapy for a spinal tumour, his manager Terry Bomar said, doctors thought he was improving until they found a lump on his lung.

He died surrounded by his family.

“I talked to him yesterday and told him we’re praying for him,” Bomar said, according to CNN. “I told him ‘I love you, man.’ The last thing I heard him say was “I love you.’ “

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Known for his 6-foot-1 build, long hair and full beard, Haggerty played 19th-century frontiersman, Grizzly Adams.

The character was a wrongly accused man who saves and raises a grizzly bear cub. They travel the West together, caring for wild animals along the way.

It was a low-budget movie that turned into a wild success, with NBC turning it into a TV Show of the same name.

Haggerty suffered a motorbike accident in 1991, and lost his wife Samantha to a crash in 2008.

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He is survived by five children, two grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers. 

Source: CNN

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