updated 11/24/2012 AT 12:35 PM ET
•originally published 11/24/2012 AT 2:05 PM ET
Linda Gray is expressing her sadness over the loss of her Dallas costar Larry Hagman, who died Friday after battling throat cancer.
“Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew,” Gray said in a statement released to PEOPLE Saturday. “He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest. The world was a brighter place because of Larry.”
The actress, 72, played Sue Ellen Ewing, the wife of Hagman’s notorious oilman J.R. Ewing, on Dallas beginning in 1978. She also appeared in the TNT reboot.