Erin Moran's husband speaks about her final days: I fell asleep holding her hand, when I woke up she was gone


The distraught widower of Erin Moran has described the moment the Happy Days actress took her last breaths while clutching her husband's hand in a touching open letter he penned Tuesday.

In the tribute, written by Moran's husband Steve Fleischmann and posted by her former co-star Scott Baio on his Facebook page, Fleischmann also recounts how his wife's cancer "got so bad so fast."

Read: Scott Baio on the Defensive After Remarks About Erin Moran's Death: 'I Jumped the Gun, Okay?'

Fleischmann, who had been married to Moran for more than 20 years, says he was in bed with the actress when she passed away Saturday from stage 4 throat cancer.

In the lengthy Facebook post he wrote: "She woke up on the 22nd, she was not 100%. She needed Kleenex, so I went to the store and came back. She was there watching TV in bed. I laid down next to her held her right hand in my left. I feel (sic) asleep woke up about a hour later still holding her hand and she was gone, she was just gone."

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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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In the post, Fleischmann recalled how in November the couple noticed she was waking up with blood on her pillowcase. After a few days, they went to the doctor to discover she had cancer.

Moran, 56, began treatment right away, according to his post.

"It got so bad so fast," he wrote. "By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink. She had a feeding tube implant and I feed her 6 to 8 times a day. She was still happy, she was active, she texted people on her phone all day."

He also said that the Harrison County Coroner's office explained how catastrophic the cancer was.

"The coroner told me it was really really bad. It had spread to her spleen, she had alot of fluid in her lungs and part of her brain was infected. The coroner said even if she was in the hospital being pumped full of antibiotics she still would not [have] made it. He said it was the best that she was with me and went in her sleep," he wrote.

The post on Baio's page came after the ex-Charles in Charge star apologized for "jumping the gun" when he made what were perceived as harsh comments about her death, which he had first believed were drug-related based on media reports.

Read: The Tragic Fall From Grace in Erin Moran's Final Years

"You do drugs and drink, you're gonna die, and I'm sorry if that's cold," Baio said on the Bernie and Sid Show Monday.

He later learned she had died of cancer and distanced himself from those remarks.

"I jumped the gun," he told Inside Edition Tuesday. "I should have known better, but I went with the information that I had."

He said that he assumed the heroin overdose reports were true because "of all the stories about Erin and that's what I went with."

"I feel horrible for her," he added. "I feel horrible for her family."

Watch: Eddie Murphy Mourns Loss of Older Brother: 'Charlie Filled Our Family With Love and Laughter'

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