'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg has died

Gary Glasberg, executive producer and show runner of  CBS’ hit “NCIS” and the creator and executive producer of its spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans,” has died. He was 50.

A statement from the network said that Glasberg, who was born in New York City, had died in his sleep. No other information was given.

Glasberg joined “NCIS,” which revolves around a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, in 2009 as a co-executive producer and writer. He became its show runner in 2011. The series, which stars Mark Harmon, is the highest-rated drama in the world, and has been the most popular drama in the country for five consecutive seasons.

In  2014, he created the successful spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans,” starring Scott Bakula.

“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain,” said a statement from the cast and crew of “NCIS.” “He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”

Glasberg started his career nearly  20 years ago, working on comic books and animation projects for several companies including Warner Bros., Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox and Hanna-Barbera. His credits include “Shark,” “The Mentalist,” “Crossing Jordan,”  “The Street” and “Bones.”

In addition to his wife and sons, Glasberg is survived by his father, Edwin, and his sister, Mindy. A memorial service is being planned for later in October.

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