Steven Bochco, the superstar behind the groundbreaking television series NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, L.a. Law, and Doogie Howser M.D., has died. He was 74 years old.
Steven had been battling leukemia over the past several years and after a long battle against the deadly disease, his body finally stopped fighting. His family reported that he fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor. He died peacefully in his sleep as his loved ones surrounded him.
Steven started his career as a writer in film in the late 1960’s. In 1968, he wrote his first script, The Counterfeit Killer. After that, he transitioned into television where his career took off at unprecedented speed. He created the drama Hill Street Blues and won six Emmys as a writer and producer on the series. The series went on to win "Outstanding Drama Series" in 1982, 1983, and 1984.
His work gave several unknown actors their big breaks in television, including Neil Patrick Harris. His dramas were beloved by big names in the television industry, actors and actresses, and viewers around the world.
Fellow director and television creator, Joss Wedon, tweeted that Steven’s work was “Complex, unpredictable and unfailingly humane,” Whedon said. “Steven Bochco changed television, more than once. He’s a legend.”
Steven was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. He was terrified that he wouldn’t make much longer after the original diagnosis, but in 2014, an anonymous 23-year-old donated stem-cells via transplant, which prolonged his life another four years.
Steven’s family is grateful for the doctors and donor that prolonged his life. Because of them, millions were blessed to enjoy Steven’s life. He will be greatly missed.
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