TV Producer Gerber Dies

Award-winning TV producer David Gerber has died at the age of 86.

Gerber passed away at the University of Southern California Medical Centre on 2 January after suffering heart failure.

The star was responsible for a string of television hits in the 1970s, including Emmy Award-winning cop drama series Police Story, and Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson.

He also produced a TV version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, based on the hit 1954 musical film, as well as the small screen version of Oscar-winning movie In The Heat Of The Night.

More recently he worked on TV movie Flight 93, a drama based on the story of the United Airlines flight that was hijacked on 11 September, 2001 and crashed in Pennsylvania.

Gerber earned a string of notable awards throughout his long-running career, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, actress Laraine Stephens.