James Arness, who played Marshal Dillon on Gunsmoke, passed away on Friday, June 3. He went peacefully in his sleep and left a letter to be read posthumously: "I had a wonderful life and was blessed with ... (so) many loving people and great friends," he wrote.
"I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for the many years of being a fan of Gunsmoke, The Thing, How the West Was Won and all the other fun projects I was lucky enough to have been allowed to be a part of. I had the privilege of working with so many great actors over the years."
My fascination with Miss Kitty has made Gunsmoke and Marshal Dillon near and dear to my heart as well. A great actor...he was 88.