Writer/Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away at Age 69

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Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of numerous iconic television shows has died at the age of 69.

Cannell created or co-created nearly 40 TV series including “The Rockford Files,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “The A-Team,” “Wiseguy,” “21 Jump Street,” “Silk Stalkings,” and “The Commish.” In the process, he scripted more than 450 episodes, and produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes. The Emmy-winning producer also was the author of 16 novels.

Cannell died 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,” said a statement from his family. “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.” Cannell overcame dyslexia and was a spokesperson on the condition.