Stephen J. Cannell created a number of successful television series including The A-Team, The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Commish and many more. He passed away due to complications from melanoma. Here's a statement his family released to the site:
"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."
Stephen J. Cannell also authored 16 novels and, after overcoming dyslexia, he became a spokesman, spreading awareness about the condition and becoming an advocate for people with learning disabilities.