It saddens me to bring along very tragic news before the weekend.
Stephen J. Cannell, creator and producer of such legendary TV shows as "A-Team", "21 Jump Street" or "The Rockford Files", died among his loved ones in his home on Thursday evening due to complications with melanoma. He was 69.
His family issued the following statement to Entertainment Tonight:
"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.
"The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society or The International Dyslexia Association. Details regarding his memorial service will be released."
My sincere condolences to his family, friends and admirers around the world.