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Ron Howard grateful for final goodbye to Garry Marshall

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Ron Howard grateful for final goodbye to Garry Marshall

Actor-turned-filmmaker Ron Howard was thankful to have been able to bid farewell to director Garry Marshall one last time before his death on Tuesday (19Jul16).

The Pretty Woman moviemaker died aged 81, after suffering complications from pneumonia due to a stroke.

The news was only made public late on Tuesday, but Howard reveals his closest friends were notified of Garry's illness days earlier, and were able to visit him in hospital before he passed away.

Ron, who played Richie Cunningham in Marshall's hit 1970s sitcom Happy Days, recalls bumping into his late mentor earlier this year (16), before the release of his final movie, Mother's Day, when Garry appeared to be so full of life.

"I saw him on a studio lot, and Garry was great, just as fast and buoyant and funny and observant as ever, and I told him I was excited to see his new movie, which hadn't come out yet, at that point...," Ron remembers to Access Hollywood.

"Then I got word that he was not doing well and was in a coma, and at that point, the family revealed that he had been sick for a couple of weeks and they'd been guarding that as a secret. And so then a lot of us found our way to the hospital to say our goodbyes and hug each other and family."

Ron admits he is grateful to have had the chance to spend a little more time with Garry, and insists his legacy will live on for years to come, because he remained "so relevant" right until the end.

"One thing to be said about Garry Marshall in his passing is that of course he leaves a tremendous void, and even though he was 81, he was still so relevant," the star says. "He was making movies, he was part of TV shows, he was acting; I mean, it still feels like he (his life) was cut short and sort of stopped in his tracks."

Howard's heartfelt comments emerge two days after he first mourned the passing of his pal on Twitter.

"RIP #GarryMarshall whose humour & humanity inspired," he wrote immediately after the news broke. "He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me.

"Garry's mantra, to those who succeeded in entertainment was simple...'Life is more important that show business'. I miss Garry already. He leaves a huge void for all who were lucky to be in his orbit. A great friend."

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