May 1, 2009

NBC executive dies at show location

NBC programming executive Nora O'Brien fainted at a Berkeley, Calif., high school where a television pilot was being filmed and later died, the network says.

O'Brien, 44, was taking a break during the filming of Parenthood by playing a game of pick-up basketball with colleagues in the school's gym Wednesday when she fell unconscious, later dying after being taken by ambulance to a hospital, Variety reported.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of our beloved colleague Nora, who was respected and cherished by so many people in the entertainment community, NBC said in a statement. She'll truly be missed by all of us.

Her co-workers said O'Brien showed no sign of illness before her death and was described by them as a warm person and a skilled executive who had been a vice president of drama programming for NBC since January 2008. She had worked in the shows Kings and on an upcoming drama entitled The Philanthropist for the network, Variety said.

Parenthood is being produced by Jason Katims for Imagine TV/Universal Media Studios, the publication reported.

The Los Angeles Times said she is survived by her mother and six brothers and sisters.