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Iconic TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Dies At 69

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Oct. 1 2010, Published 9:55 a.m. ET

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TV producer Stephen J. Cannell died at 69 from melanoma complications at his Pasadena, California home Thursday night, RadarOnline.com has learned.

The writer-producer of hits such as The A Team, The Rockford Files and 21 Jump Street had his family and friends nearby when he passed away, his family told ET in a statement.

"Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend,” the statement read. “Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed.”

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The producer is survived by his wife Marcia, three kids and three grandkids.

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In addition to his illustrious television career, Cannell was also an accomplished author, having published 16 books.

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