David Lander has died aged 73 (Picture: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
Laverne & Shirley actor David Lander has died at the age of 73, it has been reported.
According to TMZ, the veteran actor, who was most famous for his role as Andrew ‘Squiggy’ Squiggman in the classic 70s TV series, died on Friday night at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
It is understood that Lander’s death came after a 37-year battle with multiple sclerosis – a lifelong condition that affects both the brain and nerves.
David’s wife, actress Kathy Fields, told TMZ that both she and their daughter Natalie Lander were by his side when he died.
Lander was an American actor, voice actor and comedian, who also worked as the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
He started acting at just 10-years-old and most famously played Squiggy in Laverne and Shirley between 1976 to 1982, along with sitcom sidekick Lenny, played by Michael McKean.
David Lander suffered from multiple sclerosis (Picture: Jesse Grant/WireImage)
He was most famous for his role in Laverne and Shirley (Picture: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
His other TV appearances included The Bob Newhart Show, Happy Days, Twin Peaks and The Weird Al Show.
Lander and McKean later went on to appear together in the 1979 Steven Spielberg comedy, 1941 and the 1980 Kurt Russell film, Used Cars.
Tributes have poured in online for Lander, with many fans recalling their fond memories of the much-loved actor.
David Lander started acting when he was just 10-years-old (Picture: Paramount Television/Kobal/REX)
Tributes have poured in online for the actor (Picture Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
One fan tweeted: ‘Seventies sketch comedy shaped me. The Credibility Gap was part of that. RIP David Lander.’
While another commented: ‘RIP David Lander (Squiggy, Laverne & Shirley). Thank you for the funny. It was a great show.’
One added: ‘RIP David Lander. Laverne and Shirley was a favourite when I was very young. It was less accessible than Happy Days, but I used to watch it religiously anyway hoping for Lenny and Squiggy appearances.’