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MORE Steven Bochco, the creator behind gritty, acclaimed legal series such as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, has died at 74.
The writer/producer’s representative, Phillip Arnold, confirmed his death Sunday in a statement to USA TODAY.

“Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor,” the statement read. “He died peacefully in his sleep with his family close by.”
Bochco, diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, underwent a stem cell transplant, receiving bone marrow from an anonymous 23-year-old donor.

The 10-time Emmy Award winner’s credits also included Doogie Howser, M.

D., which launched the career of star Neil Patrick Harris, and 1990’s much-maligned Cop Rock, a musical police drama.

“It’s a bolt out of the blue, and completely unexpected,” Bochco said four years ago in a report about his treatment at cancer center City of Hope , posted on the facility’s website. “It’s the last thing in the world you expect when you spend your whole adult life basically working out to be healthy.


In his 2016 memoir Truth Is a Total Defense: My Fifty Years in Television, Quote: : “I think about life and death differently than before. I treasure life more, and fear death less. Life and its complications are simpler for me, now. I don’t sweat the small stuff, as they say.


Steven Bochco, left, talks with his “NYPD Blue” stars Dennis Franz and Mark-Paul Gosselaar during a taping in 2004. (Photo: DAN MACMEDAN/USA TODAY)
Bochco, whose early writing jobs included the detective series Columbo , was an influential writer/producer of TV staples, police and legal dramas, especially in the 1980s and ’90s. Hill Street, which ran from 1981 to 1987, reinvented contemporary ensemble drama, with its handheld cameras, serialized storytelling and richly developed characters.
Daniel J. Travanti starred as the compassionate captain Frank Furillo and Bochco’s then-wife, actress Barbara Bosson, played Furillo’s ex-wife, Fay.

Though the NBC show’s ratings were initially weak, it was critically acclaimed, and its style was mimicked a year later with hospital drama St. Elsewhere .
Bochco bombed with his next series, Bay City Blues, about a minor-league baseball team, which led to a falling out with his production company. But he went on to create the hit legal drama L.A. Law , which ran from 1986 to 1994, and hired David E. Kelley, then a lawyer, as his protégé.

Steven Bochco, photographed in 1995 by USA TODAY on the set of his show “Murder One.” (Photo: ROBERT HANASHIRO/USA TODAY)
After Cop Rock proved an embarrassing debacle in 1990, he rebounded with NYPD Blue with collaborator David Milch, which aired on ABC from 1993 to 2005. The police drama, which featured Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney, sparked battles with ABC advertisers, affiliates and censors over its adult content, and a FCC fine for showing a woman’s bare bottom. But strong ratings and critical praise won the show staying power and freedom.

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Steven Bochco, the creator behind gritty, acclaimed legal series such as Hill Street Blues, Law and NYPD Blue, has died at 74, photographed here in his Calif. office, Aug. 17, 2016.

CHRIS PIZZELLO/AP Fullscreen Winnie Mandela, the controversial wife of South African human rights icon and president Nelson Mandela, has died, according to several news outlets. She was 81. In this Sept. 26, 2016 photo she acknowledges a crowd to celebrate her 80th birthday in Johannesburg South Africa. MARCO LONGARI/ AFP/GETTY IMAGES Fullscreen Rusty Staub, pinch hitting for the New York Mets, watches his sixth inning hit to right field against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium on May 1, 1984, New York.The Mets beat the Cubs 8-1 to take first place in the National League Eastern Division.

Staub, who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Florida. He was 73. Ron Frehm, AP Fullscreen Linda Smith, the former Linda Brown, stands in front of the Sumner School in Topeka, Kan.

, on May 8, 1964. The refusal of the public school to admit Brown in 1951, then age 9, because she is black led to the Brown v. Board of Education court case. In 1954, the U.S.

Supreme Court overruled the “separate but equal” clause and mandated that schools nationwide must be desegregated. Brown, the Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76. Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka confirmed that Linda Brown died Sunday, March 25, 2018.

AP Fullscreen In this Jan.

7, 1992, file photo, President George H. Bush, left, listens to Toys R Us Chairman Charles Lazarus, right, as he visits the toy chain’s second store to open in Japan. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toy R Us, has died at age 94. Toy R Us confirmed Lazarus’ death in a statement Thursday, March 22, 2018. AP Fullscreen This Nov. 9, 2008, file photo shows H. Wayne Huizenga at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died.

Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant to Huizenga, said Friday that he died Thursday night, March 22, 2018, at his South Florida home. He was 80. Wilfredo Lee, AP Fullscreen Tom Benson, who owned the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, died at 90 on March 15. Derick E.

Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen In this July 21, 1999 file photo Professor Stephen Hawking smiles during a news conference at the University of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said on March 14, 2018.

Markus Schreiber, AP Fullscreen In this file photo taken on July 03, 1995 French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses at the office of his fashion house in Paris. French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy died aged 91 it was announced on March 12, 2018.

Gerard Fouet, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart, right, uses an umbrella to keep dry as teammate Bill Swaggerty pours a beverage during their victory celebration after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers to win the AL East title. Stewart helped lead the Orioles to the 1983 World Series title. He died at 63. Tom Lynn, AP Fullscreen In this May 6, 1954, file photo, British athlete Roger Bannister breaks the tape to become the first man ever to break the four minute barrier in the mile at Iffly Field in Oxford, England. Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died.

He was 88. Bannister’s family said in a statement that he died peacefully on March 3, 2018, in Oxford “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.” AP Fullscreen In this file photo taken on May 9, 2016, actor David Ogden Stiers attends a special screening and panel discussion of “Beauty and the Beast” to celebrate the animated film’s 25th anniversary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

Stiers, who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the TV series M*A*S*H, died on March 3, 2018, of bladder cancer, Mitchell K. Stubbs, Stiers’ agent, confirmed on Twitter. Stiers was 75. Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Actress Sridevi Kapoor attends the “English Vinglish” premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept.

14, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress, known by one name, was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor speaking to the Indian Express online confirmed she died on Feb.

24, 2018, in Dubai due to cardiac arrest. Jag Gundu, Getty Images Fullscreen In this Dec.

10, 1955 file photo, actress Nanette Fabray poses as she leaves Mt. Sinai hospital in New York. Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of the stage, film and television, has died at age 97. Fabray’s son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, tells The Associated Press his mother died on Feb.

22, 2018, at her home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. AP Fullscreen America’s most acclaimed and beloved evangelist, Rev. Billy Graham, on the porch of his mountaintop cabin in Montreat, NC. on May 12, 2005. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Billy Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Feb.

21, 2018. He was 99.

Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Fullscreen Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark presents his new collection of poems ‘Roue-Libre’ (Freewheel) at the Royal Yacht in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 16, 2010. Prince Henrik of Denmark has died at the age of 83.

In 2017, he was diagnosed with dementia and was recently hospitalized after falling ill in Egypt. He returned to Denmark for a stay in the Rigshospitale in Copenhagen, and during a series of examinations a benign tumor was discovered on his left lung. His condition worsened and, according to media reports, he passed away in his sleep at Fredensborg Palace on the evening of Feb. 13, 2018.

Prince Henrik is survived by his wife, two sons and eight grandchildren. Keld Navntoft, Scanpix Denmark via EPA-EFE Fullscreen In this Aug. 15, 1968, file photo, comedian Marty Allen, fuzzy-haired member of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, has his hair styled by barber Sol Goldstein in Hollywood, Calif. Allen’s spokeswoman Candi Cazau says he died on Feb. 12, 2018, of complications from pneumonia. His wife and performing partner Karon Kate Blackwell was by his side.

He was 95. Wally Fong, AP Fullscreen Archie “Art” Van Elslander, the founder of Art Van Furniture and a major Detroit-area philanthropist who is credited with saving the city’s annual Thanksgiving parade, died on Feb. 12, 2018, his family said. He was 87. Susan Tusa, Detroit Free Press, via AP Fullscreen Daryle Singletary, who sang songs like “I Let Her Lie” and “Too Much Fun,” died on Feb. 12, 2018, at his home in Lebanon, Tenn.

He was 46. The cause of death was pending. Frank Micelotta, Invision/AP Fullscreen In this Feb. 3, 1997 file photo, singer Vic Damone poses after becoming a member of Lafayette High School’s midyear graduating class, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Damone died on Feb.

11, 2018, at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness.

He was 89. Ed Bailey, AP Fullscreen Award-winning musician and film composer Johann Johannsson has died died on Feb.

9, 2018, in Berlin, according to his manager, Tim Husom. Jordan Strauss, Invision/AP Fullscreen Actor John Gavin died on Feb.

9, 2017, according to manager Budd Burton Moss, who represents Gavin’s wife, actress Constance Towers. He was 86. Giuseppe Anastasi, AP Fullscreen Former congressman Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., who served suburban Detroit’s Oakland County for 16 years, has died. He was 84.

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg said his father died on Feb. 6, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He died at a memory care facility in Troy, where had lived for 2 and a half years. Carlos Osorio, AP Fullscreen Actor Mickey Jones, seen here as Rodney “Hot Rod” Dunham in a scene from “Justified,” died on Feb.

7, 2018 of the effects of a long illness. Jones, 76, a native of Houston, worked steadily in TV and film since the 1970s. His illness was not disclosed. Prashant Gupta, FX, via AP Fullscreen Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir died of a heart attack in the eastern city of Lahore on Feb.

11, 2018. She was 66. K.M.

Chaudary, AP Fullscreen Reg E. Cathey, winner of the award for guest actor in a drama for “House of Cards,” poses in the press room during the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept.

12, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. Jason Kempin, Getty Images Fullscreen John Mahoney, who played dad to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce on the long-running sitcom ‘Frasier,’ died Jan.

4 in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. REED SAXON, AP Fullscreen Dennis Edwards of The Temptations performs during NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors on Aug. 18, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. Edwards, a former member of the famed Motown group has died.

He was 74. Rosiland Triche Roberts, his longtime booking agent, says Edwards died on Feb. 1, 2018 in Chicago after a long illness Terry Wyatt, Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music Fullscreen In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of then Cuban leader Fidel Castro, speaks with an unidentified woman during the presentation of his father’s book “Nuestro Deber es Luchar,” or “Our Duty is to Fight,” in Havana, Cuba. According to Cuban state media on Feb.

1, 2018, Diaz-Balart has killed himself. Franklin Reyes, AP Fullscreen In this 1974 file photo, Cleveland Indians baseball player Oscar Gamble poses.

Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons, died on Jan. 31, 2018, of a rare tumor of the jaw. He was 68. AP Fullscreen In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Jon Huntsman, Sr. speaks to reporters during a press conference, in Salt Lake City.

Utah billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. has died. Huntsman’s assistant Pam Bailey confirmed he died on Feb. 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City. He was 80. Bailey declined to name a cause of death.

Rick Bowmer, AP Fullscreen In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Mark Salling arrives at the 32nd annual Paleyfest “Glee” in Los Angeles. Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy ‘Glee’ died, on Jan.

30, 2018. He was 35. Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor did not release the cause of death. Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP Fullscreen Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Swedish multinational furniture retailer IKEA, taken in Agunnaryd, Sweden on Dec. 10, 2005 .

IKEA confirmed that Kamprad has died at age of 91. Hans Runesson /TT, TT News Agency via EPA-EFE Fullscreen In this Nov.

6, 1996 file photo, Dennis Peron, leader of the campaign for Proposition 215 and founder of the Cannabis Buyers Club, right, smokes a marijuana cigarette next to Jack Herer, of Los Angeles, in San Francisco. Peron, an activist who was among the first people to argue for the benefits of marijuana for AIDS patients and helped legalize medical pot in California, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 72. Peron was a driving force behind a San Francisco ordinance allowing medical marijuana – a move that later aided the 1996 passage of Proposition 215 that legalized medical use in the entire state.

Andy Kuno, AP Fullscreen In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, Mort Walker, the artist and author of the Beetle Bailey comic strip, stands in his studio in Stamford, Conn.

On Jan. 27, 2018, a family member said the comic strip artist has died.

He was 94. Craig Ruttle, AP Fullscreen In this May 30, 1980 file photo, presidential hopeful Sen. Edward Kennedy, left, responds with a laugh after a greeting by Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin before Kennedy spoke to the congregation at the Stephen Wise Temple, in Los Angeles. Zeldin, who founded a synagogue in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago that became one of the largest Reform congregations in the country, has died at 97.

The Stephen Wise Temple announced on its website that Zeldin died Friday night, Jan. 26, 2018, at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. Reed Saxon, AP Fullscreen In this Sept. 11, 1977 file photo, Louis Gossett Jr.

, kisses co-star Olivia Cole, as she holds one of the nine Emmys awarded to the cast and crew of the TV drama “Roots,” at the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences awards show in Los Angeles. A funeral association official says that Cole died of a heart attack on Jan. 19, 2018, at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a city in central Mexico. She was 75.

AP Fullscreen This September 1955 file photo provided by the Roland Giduz Photographic Collection/The Wilson Library at UNC Chapel Hill, shows from left, LeRoy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon and Ralph Frasier on the steps of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. Brandon, who along with brothers Ralph and LeRoy Frasier was among the first African-American undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina’s flagship public university, died of complications from cancer on Jan. 23, 2018.

He was 80. Roland Giduz Photographic Collection/The Wilson Library at UNC Chapel Hill via AP Fullscreen In this undated photo provided by the Warren Miller Co., Warren Miller is shown posing for a photo with a film camera. Miller, the prolific outdoor filmmaker who for decades made homages to the skiing life that he narrated with his own humorous style, died on Jan.

24, 2018, at his home on Orcas Island, Wash., his family said. He was 93. A World War II veteran, ski racer, surfer and sailor, Miller produced more than 500 films on a variety of outdoor activities.

However it was his ski films for which he was most known. Warren Miller Co. via AP Fullscreen British singer Mark E. Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona, Spain on May 27, 2010. Mark E Smith, lead singer for the post-punk band, the Fall, has died at the age of 60. Marta Perez, EPA-EFE Fullscreen Ursula Le Guin American author of novels, children’s books, is seen in a Sept. 9, 2001 photo at home in Portland, Ore. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Jan.

22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. She was 88. Benjamin Brink, The Oregonian via AP Fullscreen In this 2001 photo, Nicanor Parra poses for a portrait during a commemoration in honor of Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro, in Cartagena, Chile. Parra, a Chilean physicist, mathematician and self-described “anti-poet” whose eccentric writings won him a leading place in Latin American literature, died Jan.

23, 2018. He was 103. Alvaro Hoppe, AP Fullscreen In this July 30, 1981 photo, John Coleman, weather channel founder, right, and Frank Batten, publisher of the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, and chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, Inc., are seen during a news conference in New York. John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel and longtime KUSI weatherman, died Saturday night, Jan.

20, 2018, at home in Las Vegas, said his wife Linda Coleman. He was 83.

Marty Lederhandler, AP Fullscreen In this March 24, 2011 file French Chef Paul Bocuse poses outside his famed Michelin three-star restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges-au-Mont-d’or, central France. French interior minister announced Jan.20, 2018 that Paul Bocuse, a master of French cuisine, has died at 91. Laurent Cipriani, AP Fullscreen In an April 29, 2006 file photo, Hugh Masekela performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

A family statement issued on Twitter Jan. 23, 2018, says South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela, 78, passed away in Johannesburg after a lengthy battle against prostate cancer. Jeff Christensen, AP Fullscreen In this Feb. 9, 2011, file photo, The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR, Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim attends amfAR’s annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Krim, a prominent AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease, died Jan. 15, 2018. She was 91.

Evan Agostini, AP Fullscreen In a Sept. 25, 1963 photo, The Rev. Martin Luther King,Jr., left, VP Joseph E. Lowery, and Wyatt Tee Walker, right, executive director of the SCLC meet at First African Baptist Church, for the SCLC convention in Richmond, Va. The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who helped assemble the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

‘s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail” from notes the incarcerated King wrote on paper scraps and newspaper margins, died Jan. 23, 2018, in Chester, Va., said his daughter Patrice Walker Powell. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said Powell, who confirmed his death. Carl Lynn, Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP Fullscreen This March 27, 1957, file photo shows Best supporting Oscar winners Dorothy Malone and Anthony Quinn posing at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” has died. Her daughter Mimi Vanderstraaten says Malone died Jan.

19, 2018, from natural causes in her hometown of Dallas. She was 93.

AP Fullscreen In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Edwin Hawkins appears at the Apollo Theater Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration in New York. Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit ‘Oh Happy Day,’ died Jan. 15, 2018, at his home in Pleasanton, Calif., at age 74.

He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Brad Barket, Invision/AP Fullscreen This Feb.

4, 1979 file photo shows CIA Director Stansfield Turner. Stansfield A. Turner, who as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter oversaw reforms at the agency in the wake of the scandal uncovered by the Church Committee, has died. He was 94. Turner’s secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the Washington Post that Turner died on Jan. 18, 2018 at his home in Seattle but Moynihan did not disclose the cause. AP Fullscreen JoJo White of the Boston Celtics poses for a portrait in 1974 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Mass. Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died.

He was 71. The Celtics announced his death Jan. 16, 2018. Dick Raphael, NBAE/Getty Images Fullscreen In this Jan. 27, 2008 file photo, Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan performs during the European Border Breakers awards, or EBBA awards, in Cannes, southern France. O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46.

Bruno Bebert, AP Fullscreen In this Jan. 25, 2014, file photo, Keith Jackson arrives at 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Jackson, the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a broadcaster, died on Jan. 12, 2018. He was 89. Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP Fullscreen This undated photo released by Disney, shows Disney Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey.

Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, died from pneumonia on Jan. 10, 2018, at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

, following a two-year battle with cancer, according to Disney publicist Howard Green. She was 74. Disney via AP Fullscreen In this Jan. 7, 2005, file photo, Edgar Ray Killen sits in court in Philadelphia, Miss.

Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced on Jan. 12, 2018. Rogelio V. Solis, AP Fullscreen Ray Thomas from The Moody Blues performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 27, 1978. Thomas, one of the founding members of the Moody Blues, died suddenly on Jan.

4, 2018. He was 76. Richard E. Aaron, Redferns via Getty Fullscreen In this Aug. 25, 1992 file photo, Jerry Van Dyke, left, and his brother, Dick, laugh during a party in Los Angeles. Manager said Jan.

6, 2018, that Jerry Van Dyke, ‘Coach’ star and younger brother of comedian Dick Van Dyke, has died in Arkansas at 86. Manager, John Castonia, said Van Dyke died Friday at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. Chris Martinez, AP Fullscreen In this Dec.18,1984, file photo, United Motor Manufacturing Co. President Tatsuro Toyoda gets in the drivers seat of the newly unveiled sporty 4-door subcompact “Nova” in the new Fremont, Calif.

, United Motor Manufacturing Co. plantjointly jowned by General Motors and Toyota.

Toyoda, a former president of Toyota Motor Corp., who led its climb to rank among the world’s top automakers, and the son of the Japanese automaker’s founder, has died.

He was 88. Paul Sakuma, AP Fullscreen This undated photo made available by NASA shows astronaut John Young. NASA says the astronaut, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, died on Jan. 5, 2018. He was 87. NASA via AP Fullscreen In this April 4, 2015, file photo, President Thomas S.

Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waves to the audience during the opening session of the Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, died after nine years in office.

He was 90. Rick Bowmer, AP Fullscreen In this Jan. 25, 2014, file photo, Rick Hall attends The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Special Merit Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Hall, an Alabama record producer who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and `70s and helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound,” died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, following a fight with cancer, his longtime friend Judy Hood said.

He was 85.

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Bochco’s other series included Philly , which starred Delaney as a young lawyer; Brooklyn South , another cop series; Murder One , a serialized ABC murder mystery; and his final series, TNT’s legal dramas Raising the Bar and Murder in the First .
His colleagues remembered him fondly.
“It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV,” Bochco’s star Sharon Lawrence wrote on Twitter. “It was being on #NYPDBlue that made me love working on TV.”
It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV. It was being on #NYPDBlue that made me love working on TV.

Thank you and rest well Steven Bochco. You were one of a kind.

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— Sharon Lawrence (@sharonlawrence) April 2, 2018 His fellow writer/producer Judd Apatow recalls pumping Bochco for advice while developing Freaks and Greeks. “We used all of it,” Apatow tweeted. “ He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration .”
Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration.

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— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 2, 2018 Contributing: The Associated Press.

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