American writer and producer MICHAEL RHODES has lost his battle with cancer, aged 74.
Rhodes died last week (07Oct10) at a Los Angeles hospital, according to his daughter Laura. Further details regarding his illness had not been released as WENN went to press.
Rhodes was perhaps best-known for shaping 1970s U.S. TV crime dramas Ellery Queen and Delvecchio, which starred Judd Hirsch.
His other producing credits include TV shows Operation Petticoat and Mariah, and small screen films The Return of Frank Cannon and Captive.
Rhodes is survived by his mother, a son, two daughters, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.
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