By Kate Ward
October 01, 2010 at 06:06 PM EDT

Stephen J. Cannell, the producer behind such TV series as The Rockford Files and The A-Team, has passed away, the Associated Press reports. The producer, who died Thursday in his Pasadena, Calif., home from complications tied to melanoma, was 69 years old.

Along with producing, Cannell also was a writer, penning 16 books. The producer also boasted a recurring role on ABC’s Castle.

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