DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Dan Blocker (aged 43)
Bobby Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC Western television series Bonanza.
DEATH: On May 13, 1972, Blocker died in Los Angeles, at age 43, of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery. The writers of Bonanza took the unusual step of referencing a major character’s death in the show’s storyline that autumn. Bonanza lasted another season without Hoss, and the 14th and final season ended on January 16, 1973.
Blocker’s remains were interred in a family plot in Woodmen Cemetery, in De Kalb, Texas. The common grave site is marked by a plain stone with the name “B. Dan D. Blocker” engraved; three family members are buried beside him, his father, mother, and sister.