David Lander, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ actor, dead at 73: reports

David Lander, known best for his role as Squiggy on “Laverne & Shirley,” died at the age of 73.

According to a report from TMZ, his wife, Kathy, told the outlet he died on Friday due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Variety confirmed that Lander was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter Natalie, and son-in-law, by his side. 

Lander revealed his MS diagnosis publicly in his 1999 book, “Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn’t Tell Nobody.”

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He was first diagnosed in 1984. 

David Lander (R) in a scene from 'Laverne & Shirley.'

David Lander (R) in a scene from ‘Laverne & Shirley.’
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“Whatever happens, MS can’t take it all. I will always have my heart and soul, my wit and wisdom,” Lander said back in 2007. “Wherever the chips may fall, if I fall with them I will make it a point to do so gracefully — and laughing.”

Lander also had roles on a variety of other TV series, such as “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Love Boat” and “Pacific Blue.”

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He had parts in movies as well, including Steven Spielberg’s “1941” and Kurt Russell’s “Used Cars.”

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