Stephen J. Cannell dies

Death was a little too busy this week...

Comedian Greg Giraldo passed at the age of 44. The next day, Tony Curtis died. Arthur Penn, film editor Sally Menke, and James Heselden, owner of the Segway company, also passed.

Now, at the end of the week comes news that Stephen J. Cannell has died.

Cannell was a producer and writer for some of TV's biggest shows. His resume includes The A-Team, The Rockford Files, Wiseguy, The Greatest American Hero, Baretta, and 21 Jump Street.

Cannell was 69. According to ABC News, he died yesterday due to complications from melanoma.

His website lists the following:

"With profound sadness, we have to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Stephen Cannell, has lost a brave fight against cancer. He passed away at his home last night. He will be missed beyond measure by the Cannell Team and all of us who had the privilege and the plain good luck to know and work with him. Through the legacy of his body of work, with which he was able to entertain and enrich the lives of millions of viewers and thousands of readers, he will always be with us, living on in our hearts and minds, with fond memories forever."

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