Earl Hamner, Jr. dead at 92

Courtesy: Ray Castro, Jr. on Earl Hamner Storyteller Facebook page (cropped)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (NEWSPLEX) -- Famed writer and producer Earl Hamner Jr. has died.

Hamner was the real 'John Boy' in the TV show The Waltons, based on his book Spencer's Mountain. He grew up in Schuyler, in Nelson County, where both the book and TV show took place.

The Waltons ran for nine seasons, from 1972 to 1981.

According to the director and producer of his recent documentary, Ray Castro, Hamner was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, which rapidly progressed up until his death.

Hamner died with his family by his side, listening to John Denver's collection, his favorite music.

Hamner was 92 years old.

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