Tony Dow, 'Leave It to Beaver' star, is under hospice care in ‘last hours,’

Tony Dow, known for his role as Wally Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver,"

is under hospice care in his "last hours," his son tells Fox News Digital.

"This is a difficult time," Christopher Dow said.

"Yes, he is still alive, but in his last hours; under hospice care."

Earlier Tuesday, Dow's management team said that the actor had died in a Facebook post, but the social media post has since been taken down.

his son explained to Fox News Digital. Per TMZ, Dow's wife is "very distraught" and "believed her husband was dead."

She then told Dow's management team.

Christopher also shared an update to Facebook, writing: "This is a difficult time.

Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours.

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

In May, Shulkind announced his cancer had returned

just a month after he celebrated his 77th birthday

Dow continued to work in Hollywood, taking parts in TV series

even reprising his role in "The New Leave It to Beaver" in the 1980s.

He also directed episodes of series like "Harry and the Hendersons," "Coach" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

Jerry Mathers, who starred opposite Dow as Beaver on their hit sitcom

fans earlier this month that he'd been in contact with Dow