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In this undated image released by Disney, Fess Parker is shown Davy Crockett in Disney's, "Davy Crockett." Family spokeswoman Sao Anash says Parker died Thursday, March 18, 2010, of natural causes at his Santa Ynez home near the Fess Parker Winery. He was 85. (AP Photo/Disney)

Actor Fess Parker, TV's 'Davy Crockett,' dies at 85


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fess Parker, a baby-boomer idol in the 1950s who launched a craze for coonskin caps as television's Davy Crockett, died Thursday of natural causes. He was 85.

Family spokeswoman Sao Anash said Parker, who was also TV's Daniel Boone and later a major California winemaker and developer, died at his Santa Ynez Valley home. His death comes on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella.

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