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Patrick Duffy issued a statement Sunday on the death of his longtime co-star and friend Larry Hagman. The two shared the screen as rival Ewing brothers for 14 seasons on the original Dallas, then reunited last year for a new version of the Texas melodrama on cable network TNT.

Duffy said: “Friday I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult, as Larry’s peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here. He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor.”

Hagman died Friday afternoon in a Dallas hospital after a struggle with cancer. The actor’s other co-stars, such as Barbara Eden and Jesse Metcalfe, previously weighed in on Twitter and elsewhere. Hagman completed filming several new episodes of TNT’s Dallas, and the show’s writers plan to address the actor’s death in the upcoming second season. — Karen Valby contributed to this report