US writer Gary Glasberg, best known as the showrunner for NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, has died aged 50.
According to media reports he died in his sleep.
A statement from the NCIS cast and crew reads: “Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”
CBS Entertainment president Glen Geller added, “Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for NCIS, CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.” CBS Television Studios boss David Stapf in turn remembers Glasberg as someone who “epitomized the word mensch and brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did. His remarkable talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his ability to connect with people.”
Glasberg first joined NCIS in Season 7, as a co-executive producer, and was handed the showrunner reins for Season 9 by Aussie Shane Brennan, as he launched NCIS: Los Angeles. He also helmed the New Orleans spinoff, which is currently in its third season.
As showrunner he oversaw exits by Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly plus the introduction of multiple new characters. In May, he signed a new three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios that would have kept him at the helm of both shows through to 2019. Over the course of his run, he wrote 29 episodes.
Other credits included Rugrats, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Crossing Jordan, The Mentalist, Shark, and Bones.