Legendary TV writer/producer Steven Bochco died Sunday morning after battling leukemia. He was 74.




"Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor," spokesman Phillip Arnold said (via THR). "He died peacefully in his sleep [at home] with his family close by."




The 10-time Emmy winner was behind the iconic TV series "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law," "NYPD Blue," and even Neil Patrick Harris' "Doogie Howser, M.D," and the TNT drama "Murder in the First."



Steven Spielberg was one of the many stars to reach out with memories and condolences after Bochco's death (via Deadline):




"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 and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly."




More tributes poured in on Sunday:













































He was a giant. May he rest in peace.



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