Stephen J. Cannell dies; creator of 'The Rockford Files,' '21 Jump Street'

stephen-j-cannell3.jpg Stephen J. Cannell, a prolific TV producer and writer who created "The Rockford Files," "The A-Team," "21 Jump Street" and more, has died.

Cannell, 69, died Thursday night (Sept. 30) at his home in Pasadena, Calif., the AP reports. He had been fighting melanoma for some time.

"With profound sadness, we have to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Stephen Cannell, has lost a brave fight against cancer," a statement on Cannell's website reads. "He will be missed beyond measure by the Cannell Team and all of us who had the privilege and the plain good luck to know and work with him. Through the legacy of his body of work, with which he was able to entertain and enrich the lives of millions of viewers and thousands of readers, he will always be with us, living on in our hearts and minds, with fond memories forever."