Writer-Producer Steven Bochco Dies at Age 74

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Steven Bochco

Steven Bochco, known for his talents as a producer and writer, died at his Pacific Palisades home at the age of 74, as confirmed by a family spokesperson to The Hollywood Reporter. Bochco suffered from leukemia. 

He was born on Dec. 16, 1943, in New York City to Mimi and Rudolph Bochco. He attended Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theater.

Bochco went on to work on a number of shows, including “Columbo,” “Paris” and “Hill Street Blues,” the last of which garnered him many Emmy Award nominations.

In a statement to the magazine, Steven Spielberg said: “Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of ‘Columbo’ in 1971 that he wrote and I directed. We have supported and inspired each other ever since … I will miss Steve terribly.” 

Bochco is perhaps best known for co-creating “NYPD Blue,” which won 30 Emmy Awards.

He is survived by his sister Joanna Frank; wife Dayna; children Jesse, Sean and Melissa; grandchildren Wes and Stevie Rae; and his former wife, Barbara Bosson.

Details about a memorial service have not been released.