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US television actor Gavin MacLeod, who starred in The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died .
MacLeod died early on Saturday, his nephew, Mark See, told Variety.
MacLeod had four children with his first wife, Joan Rootvik, whom he divorced in 1972. He was the son of an alcoholic and his drinking problems led to a second divorce, from Patti Steele. But after MacLeod stopped drinking, he and Steele remarried in 1985.
Later, the couple hosted a Christian radio show called Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages.
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MacLeod died in the early hours of Saturday, his nephew Mark See told Variety. According to TMZ, which he was the first to break the news, he had been ill for some time, although no cause of death has been given.
A representative for MacLeod did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
MacLeod’s Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner paid tribute to him on Twitter following news of his death.
“My heart is broken,” Asner wrote. “Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food), and my comic conspirator. I’ll see you in a moment, Gavin. Tell the gang I’ll see them in a moment. Betty! Now it’s just you and me “.
“It is with heartfelt sadness deep within the oceans that we mourn the passing of actor Gavin MacLeod, our beloved global ambassador, dearest friend, and treasured member of the Princess Cruises family for more than 35 years,” the cruise line said in a release. obtained by PEOPLE.
“All of us at Princess Cruises and our loyal guests around the world, who, to this day, remain avid Gavin fans, send our deepest condolences to his wife Patricia (Patti) and their entire family who have lost a husband, father and grandfather, “the statement continued. “We offer our sincere thanks for sharing Gavin with all of us for so many years.
Born Allan George See, the star studied acting at Ithaca College and went on to serve in the Air Force before his first foray into entertainment: working as an usher and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall, according to Variety. When he decided to focus on acting, he changed his name.
He eventually landed a string of Broadway roles and several guest-starring roles on television shows.
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In her 2013 memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, MacLeod reflected on her role as Love Boat and recounted the rough waters she sailed: two heart attacks, two marriages, and her battles with alcoholism. and depression.
“I’ve managed to do what I wanted to do. I’ve been a captain!” wrote, PEOPLE previously reported. “I have been given this amazing gift of life and now I want to use it to give back. That is why I am sharing my story here, the fun parts and even some not so fun parts, in the hope that maybe someone will join me in a nice walk down memory lane, and maybe even give someone a little hope. “