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TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Veteran television producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell has died at the age of 69. Relatives say Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena, California from complications of melanoma.

The Emmy Award-winning Cannell was a force behind scores of popular TV shows, including The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files and The Commish.

He estimated that he wrote over 450 TV episodes and produced or executive produced over 1,500. He also wrote 16 novels, and was an occasional actor, appearing as a recurring character on the show Renegade, in an episode of his own show Silk Stalkings, and as a guest star on the current ABC series Castle.

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