June 23, 2006

TV producer Aaron Spelling died

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prolific television producer Aaron
Spelling, whose shows such as "Beverly Hills 90210" and
"Dynasty" helped shape U.S. prime-time television, died on
Friday, days after suffering a stroke, his publicist said. He
was 83.

Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Spelling died at his home in
Los Angeles about 6:25 p.m. local time. He had been
hospitalized briefly after a stroke over the weekend.

Among Spelling's other television shows were "Fantasy
Island," "Starsky and Hutch," "Hart to Hart, "Charlie's
Angels," and "Love Boat." He is survived by his wife, Candy,
daughter Tori Spelling, who starred on 'Beverly Hills 90210,"
and son Randy Spelling, also an actor.

Spelling, a decorated war veteran, lifted himself out of
poverty to become one of the richest and most powerful men in
Hollywood. The Texas native was listed in the Guinness Book of
Records as the world's most prolific producer.