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US TV legend Aaron Spelling dies
Aaron Spelling
Spelling was one of television's most prolific producers
Television producer Aaron Spelling, the man behind some of US TV's most famous shows, has died at the age of 83.

Spelling's hits included Charlie's Angels, Dynasty and Starsky and Hutch, as well as Beverly Hills 90210.

He died at his home in Los Angeles, where he was resting after suffering a stroke on 18 June, his spokesman said.

During the 1970s and 1980s Spelling's shows brought success to the ABC TV network, and he also produced more than 140 TV movies in his career.

He underwent radiation therapy for a lesion in his throat in 2001.

Ex-Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith said in a statement: "Aaron's contributions in television are unequaled.

"To me, he was a dear friend and a truly genuine human being."

Influence

"Mr. Spelling died at 6.25 pm this afternoon, he was in his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Candy and son Randy at his bedside. I don't know if his daughter Tori was with him at this moment," his publicist Kevin Sasaki said.

Over decades spent working in the US TV industry Aaron Spelling became famous for his prodigious output and succession of hit shows.

Aaron Spelling

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Spelling was "the most prolific TV producer of all time," producing more than 5,000 hours of television programming, including more than 300 hours of made-for-television movies and at least a dozen films.

A succession of stars launched their careers in Spelling's productions, from Farah Fawcett in Charlie's Angels to John Travolta and Nick Nolte, who won their first major roles in Spelling's TV movies.

He was credited with launching the career of Heather Locklear, who co-starred with a post-Star Trek William Shatner in TJ Hooker and later appeared in Melrose Place.

Other shows he produced included Hart to Hart, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island and Burke's Law.

Spelling's own daughter, Tori Spelling, won a role in Beverly Hills 90210, a show based around a California high school which became popular in the 1990s.




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