Melody Chiu and Brittany King
May 03, 2017 11:19 AM


The Happy Days cast came together to celebrate their beloved former costar Erin Moran.

The actress, who played Joanie Cunningham on the hit show, died April 22 at the age of 56 after quietly battling Stage 4 cancer. Coming together for a group photo during the memorial was Scott Baio, Cathy Silvers, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Ron Howard and Don Most.

“I love my TV and real life best friend Erin! My dear Jones lives in my heart!” Silvers tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Our memorial at Happy Days Farm for dear Erin was a precious gathering of our loving cast of Happy Days! We had a bittersweet, heartfelt evening of stories about our dear Erin!”

Cathy Silvers

Cathy Silvers

Howard, who played Moran’s on-screen brother Richie Cunningham, appeared on The Talk last week and discussed the late star’s unexpected passing.

“It’s been a rough time,” said Howard. “My stepmother Judy passed away a couple of months ago, so the Erin event really did hit hard. … I had no idea she was ill whatsoever … She was always the kid on the set, in a way. When I think of her then, which is how I choose to think of her, she was this feisty, spirited little girl.”

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“It was kind of a boys club, we had all the guys goofing around … a lot of hijinks and goofy frat stuff going on,” he said of his years on the Happy Days set. “But I do remember a particular moment — we were in rehearsal, in our rehearsal clothes, and it was kind of turning into a shaving scream fight. And she did sneak up behind Henry Winkler with a pretty good shaving cream pie, and she got him.”

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