​'Dallas' star Larry Hagman asked daughter for forgiveness on death bed

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'Dallas' Star Larry Hagman Asked Daughter for Forgiveness on Death Bed

Larry Hagman, the man who played oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in the TV drama "Dallas," was known as the life of the party. But before his death in 2012, he might've been steeped in regret.

His last words to his daughter Kristina: "Forgive me."

That's one of many revelations the Daily Mail detailed in Kristina Hagman's new book, "The Eternal Party: Understanding My Dad, Larry Hagman, the TV Star America Loved to Hate."

Kristina says growing up with her TV-star father was — as the title indicates — a party, but she also says Larry struggled with substance abuse and infidelity.

Hagman said, "People want to believe that he found it easy to quit drinking. ... But it's just not true."
Hagman recounts trying LSD with her father, an experience that she said she didn't dislike.

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​'Dallas' star Larry Hagman asked daughter for forgiveness on death bed
DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Larry Hagman arrives for the White Bridle Society's 'Da Vinci, Wine and Roses' benefit at Lisa Blue Baron Mansion on November 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/WireImage)
DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Larry Hagman and Sheree J. Wilson arrive for the White Bridle Society's 'Da Vinci, Wine and Roses' benefit at Lisa Blue Baron Mansion on November 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Actor Larry Hagman arrives at the launch party for the new Channel 5 television series of 'Dallas' at Old Billingsgate on August 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actor Larry Hagman of TNT's 'Dallas' sits down with the entire cast for an interview on SiriusXM's 'Morning Jolt with Larry Flick' at the SiriusXM Studio on June 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Brenda Strong appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
Actor Larry Hagman attends the gala premiere screening of 'Dallas' hosted by TNT and Warner Horizon at the Winspear Opera House on May 31, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/WireImage) 22328_002_0223.jpg
Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman attend the TNT/ TBS Upfront 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 16, 2012 in New York City. 22362_001_0386.JPG
TODAY -- Pictured: Larry Hagman appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10: Larry Hagman looks on during the Rose d'Or television festival award ceremony held at the KKL on May 10, 2012 in Lucerne, Switzerland. (Photo by The Image Gate/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman pose in the press room at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 08: Actor Larry Hagman arrives to attend a photocall for the TV series 'DALLAS' during the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at Grimaldi Forum on June 8, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: Actor Larry Hagman attends the 20th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala in the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 7, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman (Schauspieler), Benefiz-Gala 28. 'Deutscher Opernball' 2010 zu Gunsten Stiftung 'Menschen für Menschen' - Ãthiopienhilfe, 'Alte Oper', Frankfurt, Hessen, Deutschland, Europa, Ball-Saal, Cowboy-Hut, 'Stetson', Hollywood-Star, 100178, Promi, NB, FTP; P.-Nr. 236/2010, 278.02.2008; Foto: P.Bischoff; Jegliche Foto-Nutzung (Veröffentlichung - Print + Online - , Ausstrahlung, Layout etc.) nur gegen Honorar (lt. MFM-Empfehlungen) gemäà unseren AGB's !; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman, ZDF-Reihe 'Traumschiff', Folge 62 'Indian Summer', Oak Bluffs (Altstadt), Insel Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, Nordamerika, Dreharbeiten, Hut, Cowboyhut, Daumen hoch, Schauspieler, (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: (L to R) Actors Larry Hagman and Linda Gray on the red carpet for the Austin Film Society's 'Texas Film Hall of Fame' awards at Austin Studios on March 12, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
SOUTH FORK ESTATES, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Larry Hagman attends the 30th Anniversary Reunion of the TV show 'Dallas' at South Fork Ranch on November 8, 2008 in Parker, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman (im Caddilac-Cabrio), Publikum, ARD/ORF/SF-Musikshow 'Musikantenstadl', München, Bayern, Deutschland, Europa, 'Olympiahalle', Oktoberfest-Show, Auftritt, Oldtimer, Cabriolet, Cabrio, Auto, Pkw, Cowboy-Hut 'Stetson', Volksmusik, Schauspieler, (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. actor Larry Hagman (L) and Axel Munz, owner of Angermaier costume shop (Angermaier Trachtenmoden), pose at Trachtenmoden Angermaier on September 19, 2008 in Munich, Germany. Hagman got dressed with 'Lederhosen' (leather trousers) to visit the Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman of 'Dallas,' winners of the Pop Culture Award (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Ken Kercheval, Steve Kanaly, Susan Howard, Charlene Tilton, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Mary Crosby, Patrick Duffy and Sheree J. Wilson, winners of the Pop Culture Award for 'Dallas' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Larry Hagman (L) and Joan Van Ark arrive at the Paley Center's opening of 'Television: Out Of The Box' held at The Paley Center for Media on April 12, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Larry Hagman attends the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Premiere Of The 40th Anniversary Restoration Of 'Cabaret' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - FEBRUARY 7: Actor Larry Hagman attends Heidi Hagman Art Exhibit Opening on February 7, 1981 at Arthur Elrod Showroom in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Larry Hagman during Heidi Hagman's Art Exhibit at Arthur Elrod Showroom in Palm Springs, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 31: Actor Larry Hagman and actress Linda Gray attend the 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 31, 1981 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Larry Hagman during '42nd Street' at Winter Garden Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Irish television chat show celebrity and radio broadcaster Terry Wogan with American soap star Larry Hagman, who plays JR in 'Dallas'. At the time, 'Who Shot JR?' was the burning question on the lips of a nation of soap addicts, and Wogan is eagerly exploiting the photo-opportunity on his radio show. Original Publication: People Disc - HP0168 (Photo by Tony Weaver/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman posing for the camera with his wax work at Madame Tussauds, London 02/11/1980 (Photo by Terry Lott/Sony Music Archive/Getty Images)
21st March 1980: Larry Hagman, American TV actor, in London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman and Linda Grey (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 18, 1979: Actor Larry Hagman on set of Dallas in July 18, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actor Larry Hagman on the set of the television soap opera 'Dallas', 18th July 1979. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)
A promotional still from the American television series 'Dallas' shows the cast assembled on the property of the Southfork ranch, on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas, 1979. From left, American actors Steve Kanaly (as Ray Krebbs), Patrick Duffy (as Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (as Pamels Barnes Ewing), (sitting), Barbara Bel Geddes (as Eleanor Southworth 'Miss Ellie' Ewing), Jim Davis (1909 - 1981) (as John Ross 'Jock' Ewing), Larry Hagman (as John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.), Charlene Tilton (as Lucy Ewing) (in red), and Linda Gray (as Sue Ellen Ewing). (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
I DREAM OF JEANNIE -- 'Please Don't Give My Jeannie No More Wine' Episode 15 -- Aired 1/6/70 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hayden Rorke as Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD, Larry Hagman as Anthony 'Tony' Nelson (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 8: Larry Hagman in a production of 'Lip Service,' on LAMP UNTO MY FEET. Image dated December 8, 1957. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

But the prevalence of drugs and alcohol in the Hagman household might've led to some dark encounters. Hagman said at 8 years old she was sexually assaulted by drugged-up young men who were supposed to be looking after her while her parents were gone.


And she alleges when she was 15, a high Dennis Hopper suggested she get in a jacuzzi so he could have sex with her.

Larry Hagman had a liver transplant in 1995 that saved his life after years of alcohol abuse. He later died in 2012, just months after the reboot of "Dallas."

While Larry reportedly had his own demons, Kristina says her father's complexities made him "a three-dimensional character." Her book is available in hardcover on June 7.

This video includes clips from TNT / "Dallas" and CBS / "Dallas."

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