The television and literary world lost a master of suspense today with the death of Stephen J. Cannell. The writer and television producer passed away earlier today due to complications from melanoma at the age of 69.
Cannell has had a lasting impact on the world of television through his string of hit television shows dating back to the 1970′s including 21 Jump Street, The A-Team, The Commish, and many more.
In addition to his TV credits, Cannell has authored 16 novels and has recently appeared on the ABC show Castle as one of Castle’s poker buddies.
He is survived by his wife Marcia and their three children – Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody.
“He was surrounded by his family and loved ones,” a statement from the family reads. “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.”
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
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