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DALLAS (NBC NEWS) - Actor Larry Hagman — who became a global icon playing the cunning J.R. Ewing in the television series "Dallas" — died on Friday at the age of 81, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Hagman died Friday afternoon at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing members of his family.

Despite his fragile health, the actor had returned to Texas from his home in California to film season one of TNT's "Dallas" reboot and part of season two. The original show, in which Hagman played a conniving businessman who people loved to hate, ran from 1978 to 1991 on CBS.

"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," the family said in a statement, the Morning News reported. "Larry's family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."

Earlier in his career Hagman was known for his role as Maj. Anthony Nelson, the master-turned-husband of a beautiful genie played by Barbara Eden in the sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie."

He was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1931 to Benjamin Jack Hagman, a district attorney, and Mary Martin, who became a Broadway actress.

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