Comedy writer Alan Kirschenbaum, who co-created CBS' Yes, Dear as well as the network's midseason comedy Friend Me, has died of an apparent suicide, Deadline.com reports. He was 51.
Kirschenbaum, son of comedian Freddie Roman, is best known for co-creating the long-running Yes, Dear alongside Greg Garcia, with whom he also worked on My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. Recently, he co-created Friend Me with Ajay Sahgal. The comedy, one of only two comedies picked up by CBS last May, stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun as two guys who move to Los Angeles to work for Groupon.
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Kirschenbaum's early work included Dear John, Baby Talk and Coach.
"We are stunned and devastated to hear the news this morning of Alan's passing," CBS said in a statement. "We have lost a long-time colleague, a valued friend and truly one of the most well liked individuals in our midst. We will remember a gifted and successful comedy writer/producer who shared generously of his time beyond his show duties to help the network and studio in a variety of ways; a kind and gentle man; and a warm and witty conversationalist who could always be seen chatting up many on our lot ranging from assistants to senior executives. Everyone at CBS truly loved Alan and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts grieve for his wife Vicki, daughter Molly, sister Judi, mother Ethel and his father, comedian Freddie Roman, and all of Alan's family and friends."
Garcia also released a statement: "[Don was] always making me laugh harder than anyone else could. I hope somewhere Alan is telling a joke and God is doing a spit take, but for those of us he left behind, we're devastated."