American television writer, producer and novelist JUDITH MITCHELL has died, aged 77.
Mitchell lost her battle with cancer on 10 February (10). No further details have been released about her death.
The Louisiana-born novelist boasted a string of literary credits including A Wilderness of Monkeys, Love Is Not a Safe Country and The Covenant.
She also wrote and executive produced a string of U.S. TV shows and movies, including 1995 TV movie Young at Heart, Desperate for Love, in 1989, and Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg, in 1994.
She is survived by her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, a daughter and two sons.
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