Writer and producer Steven Bochco dies aged 74

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The spokesperson Phillip Arnold said, "Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor", adding, "He died peacefully in his sleep [at home] with his family close by".

Suffering with leukemia, Steven Bochco received a stem cell transplant from an anonymous 23-year old in late 2014, who he eventually met in 2016.

The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor was also behind comedy-drama "Doogie Howser, M.D" starring Neil Patrick Harris. Details regarding memorial service will be forthcoming.

Bochco's ensemble dramas often centered around various subjects pertaining to the law - and gained a reputation for pushing the boundaries in terms of language and nudity that could be shown on broadcast TV.

"L.A. Law" (1986-94) and "NYPD Blue" (1993-2005) followed, with both shows enjoying long prime-time runs. His 1990 show, "Cop Rock" - an attempt at a police musical - was a legendary flop. "I want to justify the enormous commitment they (ABC) have made to me". Spielberg and Bochco's friendship began in 1971 when Spielberg directed and Bochco wrote the Murder by the Book episode from iconic 60s and 70s crime drama series Columbo.

Out of that deal would spring shows such as Murder One, City Of Angels and his most popular show NYPD Blue - the spiritual sequel to Hill Street Blues, starring Dennis Franz.


Premiering in January 1981, Hill Street Blues challenged, even confounded the meagre audience that sampled it.

He was married twice before, to Barbara Bosson in 1969 and Gabrielle Levin in 1964.

"When I left "Hill Street, ' I said, "I'm never going to do another police show ever" because I couldn't imagine doing one better", he said in 1995".

Bochco has died at the age of 74, he passed away on April 1, Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the family confirmed his death news to The Hollywood Reporter. Complex, unpredictable and unfailingly humane. Rest well, sir. You will be missed. "We used all of it".

Bochco is survived by sister Joanna Frank; wife, Dayna; children Jesse, Sean and Melissa; and grandchildren Wes and Stevie Rae.

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