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OTRC: J.R. Ewing to get a funeral on 'Dallas'

Larry Hagman appears as J.R. Ewing in a 2012 promotional photo for 'Dallas.' (TNT/Zade Rosenthal)

"Dallas" will give its most prominent character, J.R. Ewing, a proper send-off after the series returns for a second season in January.

TNT announced on Tuesday, December 11, that the iconic television character, portrayed by the late Larry Hagman for years, will get a funeral at some point in the 15-episode season. The episode has not been filmed or scheduled yet, according to the Associated Press.

The network is not saying how Ewing will meet his demise.

Hagman, who portrayed Ewing since the original series launched in 1978 and later reprised the role earlier this year for the new series, died at the age of 81 on November 22. The actor died of complications from throat cancer.

"Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew," Linda Gray, Hagman's "Dallas" co-star and love interest, said in a statement shortly after his death. "He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the full. The world was a brighter place because of Larry Hagman."

It was previously reported that Hagman filmed at least six episodes in the new season. The second season of the new "Dallas" series will air 15 episodes.

"Dallas" season 2 premieres on January 28 at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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