Little House on the Prairie star Hersha Parady dies aged 78 after brain tumour
Hersha Parady, best known for her role of Alice Garvey in Little House on the Prairie, has died at the age of 78.
The late actress had been suffering from a brain tumour prior to her death.
Her son Jonathan Peverall had set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover expenses.
On the fundraising page, he shared details of his mother’s condition before her death, writing: ‘Hersha, who has always been an active and outgoing woman, is battling a tough medical condition – a brain tumor known as meningioma.
‘This illness has robbed her of her strength, her memory, and sadly, her vibrant personality. She has become largely bedridden, and it is very difficult to see my Mom, who was once full of life and energy, now struggling with basic daily activities.’
Her death was confirmed by her son to The Hollywood Reporter, who shared that she died at his home in Virginia.
He explained on the fundraising page that Parady was moved from Los Angeles to Virginia to live with him and his family, but wanted to reach out to see if anyone would help with the medical expenses as the costs were accumulating.
‘From moving expenses to in-home nursing care, to medical equipment and more, the financial burden is significant. And with a full time job and three kids, providing her with the level of care she needs is difficult,’ he wrote.
Earlier this month, Parady underwent surgery which was ‘successful’, but after being taken to a rehab facility, she had to be taken back to hospital after developing pneumonia.
‘For the past week, she has been in the ICU on a ventilator, and while there have been some moments of clarity, she has been unable to fully wake up,’ Peverall wrote in the update published on August 1.
He concluded the message: ‘Thank you all again for your unwavering support. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, sending positive energy her way.’
Parady first starred as Alice Garvey in the western historical drama Little House on the Prairie in 1977, a role she continued playing until 1980.
The character was killed off in a gruesome fashion, when the schoolteacher was killed in a fire accidentally set by Albert Ingalls (Matthew Labyorteaux).
Former NFL star Merlin Olsen played Alice’s husband, Jonathan Garvey, on the show.
Parady’s other roles throughout her career included appearing in The Waltons, The Phoenix and Kenan and Kel.
The late actress was married to Oscar-winning producer John Peverall, with whom she shared her son.
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