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Scott Baio explains remarks on Erin Moran after backlash

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/25/2017
FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, actor Scott Baio speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Baio wrote on Facebook April 25, 2017, that he was responding to media reports when suggested the death of his former “Happy Days” co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, actor Scott Baio speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Baio wrote on Facebook April 25, 2017, that he was responding to media reports when suggested the death of his former “Happy Days” co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Baio says he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2008 file photo, Erin Moran arrives at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she was found unresponsive after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2008 file photo, Erin Moran arrives at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she was found unresponsive after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday at the age of 56.

FILE - This Feb. 19, 1982 file photo shows actress Erin Moran of the television show, "Happy Days" in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she was found unresponsive after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 19, 1982 file photo shows actress Erin Moran of the television show, "Happy Days" in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she was found unresponsive after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)

Earlier in the day, Baio told New York's WABC radio about Moran's death that "if you do drugs or drink, you're going to die," but added that he didn't know if drugs or alcohol were the cause.

Baio's comments drew a backlash on social media. He clarified in a Facebook post that he had heard reports that Moran died of a heroin overdose and the radio interview took place before authorities mentioned her cancer.

Baio says he's "heartbroken" over Moran's death.

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