Friday, October 01, 2010

Mystery Author Stephen J. Cannell Dies

Stephen J. Cannell

Mystery author and television series creator and screenwriter Stephen J. Cannell has died. He was 69.

On the splash page of his website, this note appears: "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."

Though probably best known for his role in creating, writing, and producing popular television series (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, The Commish, and many more), he recently focused primarily on writing. The 10th mystery in his series featuring LAPD Detective Shane Scully, The Prostitute's Ball, is published this month.

Edited to add: The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive list of Stephen J. Cannell's accomplishments. We wanted to make sure our readers had an opportunity to see them.


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