Legendary TV producer Norman Lear has died at the age of 101.
According to Variety, it was confirmed by his publicist, “he died at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes. A private service for immediate family will be held in the coming days.”
Lear created a string of groundbreaking sitcoms in the 1970s and 80s, including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and One Day At A Time.
His shows were famous for combining humor with social commentary, touching on hot-button issues like racism and women’s liberation. His production company Act III Communications also produced movies like The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
The Lear family said, “Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts. We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being.”