Gary Glasberg. Photo courtesy CBS
Gary Glasberg. Photo courtesy CBS

“NCIS” executive producer and showrunner Gary Glasberg died in his sleep in Los Angeles, CBS announced. He was 50.

Glasberg was also the creator and an executive producer of the “NCIS” spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans.”

“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg,” CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said.

“We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.”

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Glasberg began his writing career nearly 20 years ago, writing comic books and animation for companies such as Warner Bros., Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox and Hanna-Barbera.

Glasberg joined “NCIS” in 2009 as a co-executive producer and writer, becoming its showrunner in 2011. With Glasberg as showrunner, “NCIS” was the most-watched drama in U.S. and the world.

Glasberg’s other television credits include “The Mentalist,” “Shark,” “Crossing Jordan,” “The $treet” and “Bones.”

Glasberg is survived by his wife of 20 years, television producer and screenwriter, Mimi Schmir, sons, Dash and Eli. his father, Edwin Glasberg, and his sister, Mindy Glasberg.

A memorial service is being planned for October.

—City News Service

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