Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of iconic television shows such as The A-Team, 21 Jump Street and The Rockford Files has died at the age of 69.
His family released the following statement, saying:
"Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. Mr. Cannell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Marcia, their three children, Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody and three grandchildren. Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society or The International Dyslexia Association. Details regarding his memorial service will be released."
Poor guy. He had such an impact on television history. At least now he is at peace.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends for their loss.
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