Scott Baio on 'Happy Days' co-star Erin Moran: 'For me, you do drugs or drink, you're gonna die'

It's been two days since "Happy Days" star Erin Moran was found dead in her New Salisbury, Ind. home, and her former co-star Scott Baio is already questioning what really killed the 56-year-old actress.

Monday morning, the Harrison County Coroner's Office and Sheriff's Department issued a joint statement saying Moran passed due to complications with her stage 4 cancer. The statement added there were no illegal narcotics found at the scene, but Baio thinks her lifetime of drugs and alcohol abuse may have had something to do with her untimely death.

During an interview with "The Bernie & Sid Show," also Monday, Baio admitted he was "not completely shocked" by his "Joanie Loves Chachi" co-star's passing.

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Actress Erin Moran poses for a portrait in circa 1980. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actors Erin Moran and Scott Baio hold each other in a publicity still for the television show 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' in which they play the title characters, 1982. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Scott Baio and Actress Erin Moran attending 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 30, 1982 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Scott Baio and actress Erin Moran attend the 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 30, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Actress Erin Moran and Scott Baio attending 1982 American Image Awards on October 25, 1982 at Sheraton Center in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors Erin Moran, wearing a wedding dress, and Scott Baio, wearing a tuxedo, pose at an altar in a promotional portrait from the TV program 'Happy Days.' Their characters Joanie and Chachi were married during the show's final season. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Erin Moran attends 17th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 29, 1982 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7: Actress Pat Klous and actress Erin Moran attend K-Earth 101.1 FM Radio Station Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on June 7, 1986 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Erin Moran attends the premiere of The Evening Star on December 13, 1996 at Mann National Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Erin Moran and Steve Fleischman attend Ringling Brothers Circus Variety Club Children's Benefit on August 7, 1997 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Erin Moran attends American Image Awards on October 25, 1982 at the Sheraton Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Erin Moran attends Benefit Basketball Game on June 7, 1986 at the Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Erin Moran attends Third Annual Connie Stevens Celebrity Fashion Show on June 8, 1986 at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
391064 10: Actress Erin Moran attends the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show June 23, 2001 at Beverly Garland''s Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Actress Erin Moran attends a launch party for DeeDee Bigelow's episode on Surreal Life at Mood supperclub on March 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Actress Erin Moran attends Night of 100 Stars Gala on November 2, 1983 at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 6: (L-R) Actresses Erin Moran, Marion Ross, Cloris Leachman and Holland Taylor attend 'A Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms' at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences May 6, 2008 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 6: Actress Erin Moran (R) and her husband Steven Fleischmann attend 'A Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms' at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences May 6, 2008 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 6: Actress Erin Moran attends 'A Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms' at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences May 6, 2008 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Erin Moran arrives at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards at the Avalon Hollywood club September 24, 2008 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Erin Moran and guest attend the FOX Reality Channel Really Awards on September 24, 2008 at the Avalon Hollywood club in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images for FOX)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Erin Moran at the 4th Annual LA Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Gala Event at the Writer's Guild Theater on April 23, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Actress Erin Moran arrives at the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' 'Father's Day Salute To TV Dads' on June 18, 2009 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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"I'm OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened. My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you're gonna die. I'm sorry if that's cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself."

This is a stark contrast to his original statement on Twitter Sunday morning:

"May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul," Baio tweeted in tribute over the weekend.

During his interview with the WABC radio show, Baio added, "I'm saddened by what happened. I don't know if it was drugs that killed her, I read one report said it might have been and I hope it... I don't know what I hope. It's what it is. What can you do?"

But while Baio may not be completely compassionate regarding Moran's demons, he admitted he did not know for certain her cause of death.

"I knew Erin well, over the last many years I have not spoken with her. She was just an insecure human being and fell into this world of drugs and alcohol. Again, I don't know if that's what killed her, I'm sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it. She just never found her way."

"How do you help somebody that doesn't want to help themselves? You try a couple of times and if they don't want the help, I gotta go, sorry."

He also made sure to drive home the point that he's never had a drug problem himself.

"I never did drugs. I never was interested in drugs, it never intrigued me. I had parents and a brother and sister who were straight arrows and my father, God rest his soul, said to me, 'You do drugs, I'll kill you.' Aside from Erin, everybody on that show, as far as I know, I never saw drugs or alcohol. I just, there was no reason for me to do it. My parents set me right, that's the best thing you could have."

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