Iconic television creator Steven Bochco passed away today at the age of 74. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Bochco had been battling leukemia, with spokesman Phillip Arnold stating, “Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor. He died peacefully in his sleep [at home] with his family close by.” Among the many classic shows Bochco had a hand in creating, programs such as NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser, M.D. aired on ABC. Another Bochco-produced ABC show was the short-lived but long-remembered Cop Rock.
Following the news of Bochco’s passing, Disney CEO Bob Iger shared a remembrance of him and his work:
Steven Bochco: Today, our industry lost a visionary, a creative force, a risk taker, a witty, urbane story teller with an uncanny ability to know what the world wanted. We were long-term colleagues, and longer term friends., and I am deeply saddened.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 2, 2018
Bochco is survived by sister Joanna Frank; wife, Dayna; children Jesse, Sean and Melissa; and grandchildren Wes and Stevie Rae.