Unfortunately, the actor died at the age of 43. This happened just a month after the season 13 finale aired in 1972. Apparently, the sudden death was not that sudden after all as he had already shown signs of illness before. He ultimately passed away after a postoperative pulmonary embolism.
Greene was 44 years old at the beginning of the series while Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker, who portrayed two of his sons, were both 31, only thirteen years younger. In 2007, a TV Guide survey listed Ben Cartwright as television's #2 favorite dad.
How big was Hoss from Bonanza?
The character of Hoss was conceived as a stereotype: The Gentle Giant. The 6'4", 300 lbs. Blocker filled Hoss's cowboy boots and ten-gallon hat admirably but brought something extra to the role, a warmth and empathy that helped ground the show.
What did Dan Blocker die from?
Pulmonary embolismDan died on May 13, 1972, after a blood clot developed following gall bladder surgery, causing a massive pulmonary embolism. He was quietly buried in a small cemetery in DeKalb, Texas, beside his father.
How old was Adam when bonanza died?
Blocker unexpectedly passed away in 1972 at the age of 43 from a pulmonary embolism following surgery to remove his gall bladder. Bonanza chose to kill off his character following his death, marking the first time a television show killed off a major young male character.