LOS ANGELES-Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating landmark 1980s and 1990s television shows like "Hill Street Blues", "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue", has died.
The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor was also behind comedy-drama "Doogie Howser, M.D" starring Neil Patrick Harris.
A spokesman said Bochcodied in his sleep after a battle with cancer.
Bochco is credited with changing the face of US TV drama, starting the heyday of NBC and ABC with crime shows such as LA Law, NYPD Blue and the medical comedy Doogie Howser, MD.
Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking TV, including, "L.A. Law", "Doogie Houser" and "NYPD Blue".
Actors Dennis Franz and Jacqueline Obradors and show creator Steven Bochco attend a "NYPD Blue" press conference for the Television Crictics Association winter tour on January 20, 2005, at the 20th Century Fox studio lot in Los Angeles, Calif. His ABC series Murder One focused on one complicated investigation over a 23-episode season, freeing shows like The Killing and True Detective to delve deeper into investigations.
He was married twice before, to Barbara Bosson in 1969 and Gabrielle Levin in 1964.
Among the accolades that Steven received during his career are 10 Emmys and four Peabody Awards. It really makes me angry that there has been no explanation about Fay's disappearing.
Bochco is lauded as one of the best brains in television dramas in the last several decades. "At the same time he taught me more about our humanity; our faults and strengths, how they survive side by side, despite our human insistence on seeing them as opposing forces". Thank you and rest well, Steven Bochco.
In the recently released HBO documentary on the life and work of Steven Spielberg, Bochco made an appearance. "One US TV critic said "Every great modern drama owes 'Hill Street" a debt". "We used all of it".
Bochco's survivors include his wife of 17 years, Dayna; children Jesse, Jeffrey and Melissa; and sister Joanna Frank, who played Sheila Brackman, the wife of Douglas Brackman Jr.
Iconic television creator Steven Bochco passed away today at the age of 74.
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