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Emmy-Winning Producer Frand Dies

Emmy-Winning Producer Frand Dies

Battlestar Galactica producer Harvey Frand has died at the age of 68.

The star passed away on 23 July after he was hospitalised in Los Angeles with respiratory problems.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Frand began his TV career in the 1970s at NBC News but landed his first job as producer in 1982, working on Rock Hudson's series The Devlin Connection.

He went on to produce a variety of shows in the 1980s and '90s, including The Twilight Zone, The Lazarus Man, Strange World, and The Young Riders.

But he was most recognised for his work on the sci-fi hit Battlestar Galactica after signing on to the project in 2003. His work behind the scenes garnered him a slew of honours - he won a Peabody Award in 2005, an AFI Award in 2006 and an Emmy Award last year.

He picked up his second nomination for the prestigious ceremony earlier this month when the shortlist for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced.

Paying tribute to Frand, studio executive Todd Sharp for NBC Universal says, "Harvey was the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain, the train engineer, the orchestra conductor, the school guidance counsellor. He was adored by executive producers and production assistants, studio and network, cast and crew."

Frand is survived by his partner of 32 years, Bill Bowersock, according to the Hollywood Reporter.