Gary Glasberg, a giant in the planet of television, passed away on Wednesday of unknown causes.
He was 50 years old.
CBS confirmed the news to Variety, saying Glasberg died in his sleep.
No other details is offered at this time.
At the time of his death, Glasberg was serving as the showrunner of television’s most-watched system, NCIS.
He also designed its spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans, which premiered in 2014 and worked as a producer on NCIS: Los Angeles.
Stunned by the news, the NCIS cast released the following statement on Twitter in response to Glasberg’s passing:
“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 exact same with out him, and each and every of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every single day.”
Glasberg worked on award-winning shows for seven years.
Glasberg began his Tv profession in 1993, penning episodes of Rugrats and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
In 2001, he wrote what would be the 1st of multiple scripts for NBC’s Crossing Jordan, on which he sooner or later was named a co-producer.
He then went on to serve as a co-executive producer on CBS’ The Mentalist and Shark, along with Bones on Fox.
He is survived by his wife, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and two sons, Dash and Eli, as nicely as his mother and father.
Said CBS Entertainment president Glen Geller through statement:
“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for NCIS, CBS and anybody who was blessed to devote time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished pal, gifted inventive voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all about him.”
CBS Television Studios boss David Stapf went on to remember Glasberg as somebody who “epitomized the word mensch and brought kindness, integrity and class to almost everything he did.
“His outstanding talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his potential to connect with people.”
NCIS and Bull star Michael Weatherly, who played Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo on the hit drama for 13 seasons before departing last year, mourned Glasberg’s loss by means of a tweet on Wednesday, along with his other ex-cast members.
“What sad a day this is,” Weatherly wrote. “Gary Glasberg was a gentle man and gentleman loved by so a lot of folks. Send your love to his family.”
Added Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby on NCIS:
“Our hearts are collectively broken. Our #NCIS show runner and boss Gary Glasberg has passed away. In shock and sadness. There are no words.”
Jon Cryer, who guest starred on the wildly well-liked tv series, also expressed his own disbelief over social media, writing:
“Gary brought me into #NCIS. I am stunned to hear this. So grateful that I got to perform with him.”
A memorial service is reportedly becoming planned for early subsequent month.
Glasberg’ is survived by his wife, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and two sons, Dash and Eli, along with his mother and father.
May he rest in peace.