AceShowbiz - "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" cast and crew are mourning the death of Gary Glasberg, a longtime showrunner and executive producer on the CBS series. The writer died in his sleep at 50 years old on Wednesday, September 28 in Los Angeles, CBS has confirmed.
Current and former cast members of the hit police procedural series have reacted to the sad news. Pauley Perrette who has played Abby Sciuto since the beginning of the series tweeted, "Our hearts are collectively broken. Our #NCIS show runner and boss Gary Glasberg has passed away. In shock and sadness. There are no words."
New cast member Wilmer Valderrama wrote on his own Twitter account, "#NCIS has lost an incredible man & leader, Gary Glasberg I'm grateful 4 ur trust & love, till we meet again. We'll make you proud #RIP."
Michael Weatherly, who left the show last season to headline new series "Bull", also stated, "What sad a day this is. Gary Glasberg was a gentle man and gentleman loved by so many people. Send your love to his family."
Meanwhile, Cote de Pablo who starred on the series from 2005-2013 said in a statement, "I worked with Gary Glasberg for years during my time at 'NCIS'. The news is shocking and sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his two kids, with the cast and crew... I will remember him by his great big smile."
"NCIS" also released a statement on behalf of the cast and crew of the show. "Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. 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," it read.
Tributes also poured in from CBS execs. The network's Entertainment President Glenn Geller said, "Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for NCIS, CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Mimi, his two sons and all his family and friends."
David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, added, "We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Gary Glasberg. He epitomized the word mensch and brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did. His remarkable talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his ability to connect with people."
"Gary was a beloved member of our family and we are so honored that he called CBS his home for so many years," Stapf continued. "Our hearts go out to his wife, Mimi, two sons, his entire family and all those who loved him."
Glasberg is survived by his wife and sons, as well as his father Edwin Glasberg and his sister Mindy Glasberg. A memorial service is planned for October.
Also on Wednesday, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" creator Agnes Nixon died at 93 years old at The Quadrangle, a senior living community in Haverford, Penn. She is survived by her four children, Cathy, Mary, Robert and Emily, as well as 11 grandchildren.