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NYPD Blue, L.A. Law creator Steven Bochco dies at 74

Emmy-winning TV writer and producer Steven Bochco, the creator of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, died Sunday morning, his family's spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 74.

Bochco had leukemia, and spokesman Phillip Arnold said he "fought cancer with strength, courage, grace, and his unsurpassed sense of humor." The New York City native earned a theater degree from Carnegie Mellon University, but made his name in Hollywood as the creator of such hits as L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Murder in the First. Disney CEO Bob Iger, president of ABC when NYPD Blue started, said Bochco was a "visionary, a creative force, a risk taker, a witty urbane story teller with an uncanny ability to know what the world wanted."