1950s teen heartthrob declared dead … while he was still alive

Tony Dow was supposed to be dead — until he wasn’t.

According to the New York Post, the “Leave It to Beaver” actor and 1950s teen heartthrob had been declared deceased via a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday morning. The problem he was still alive, although not in fantastic shape. 

Tragically, he would pass away Wednesday morning, just one day later — although news of his death was overshadowed by the erroneous announcement.

Dow, who played Wally Cleaver on the 1957-1963 show, was receiving hospice care and still breathing on Tuesday afternoon, a longtime friend of his confirmed.

Dow’s management initially posted his obituary after being informed by his wife, Lauren Shulkind, that she believed he was dead.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” the now-deleted message read.

“Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble,” the post continued. “It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him. The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us

In the afternoon, the message was corrected.

“This morning Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked that we notify all his fans. As we are sure you can understand, this has been a very trying time for her,” an updated Facebook post said.

“We have since received a call from Tony’s daughter-in-law saying that while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed,” the message continued.

“Tony’s son Christopher and his daughter-in-law Melissa have also been by his side comforting him, and we will keep you posted on any future updates.”

Christopher Dow subsequently said his father, who is 77, didn’t have much longer to live.

“This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours,” he wrote.

“My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart.”

Lauren Shulkind is said to be “distraught” over the error. She had announced in May that Dow’s cancer had returned just after his 77th birthday.

“He is approaching this reality so bravely, but it is truly heartbreaking,” she wrote.

On Wednesday afternoon, Variety reported, Dow’s team officially announced his death.

“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey. We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man,” a statement on his Facebook page read.

Dow is best known for his time playing Wally Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver” and a sequel series, “The New Leave It to Beaver,” which aired in the 1980s.

As the older brother of the titular character, Wally was a polite, all-American boy who excelled at sports and tried to keep his younger brother — as well as his friends Eddie Haskell and Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford — out of trouble.

“He was not only my brother on TV, but in many ways in life as well,” said Jerry Mathers, who played the titular Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver.

“Tony leaves an empty place in my heart that won’t be filled. He was always the kindest, most generous, gentle, loving, sincere, and humble man, that it was my honor and privilege to be able to share memories together with for 65 years.”