By Amber Goodhand
Radar Staff Reporter
Gunsmoke actor James Arness passed away on Friday at the age of 88.
“Jim passed away this morning at home with his wife of natural causes. He went quietly in his sleep,” Arness’ rep, Ginny Fazer told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“He is survived by his wife Janet, two sons and six grandchildren.”
“He was retired and very much enjoying the time with his family. He was a very devoted family man,” Fazer said.
Eerily, Arness left a farewell letter on his official website for his fans in case he were to pass away.
“I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for the many years of being a fan of Gunsmoke, The Thing, How the West Was Won and all the other fun projects I was lucky enough to have been allowed to be a part of. I had the privilege of working with so many great actors over the years.