Hollywood is stunned and saddened by the loss of Frasier co-creator David Angell, 54, who was killed on Tuesday along with wife Lynn when their hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Since then, there's been an outpouring of kind words from the Rhode Island native's aggrieved friends and colleagues.
"Words cannot express our sorrow at this incredible loss," said a statement from Paramount, which produces Frasier. "David has been at Paramount since 1983 and his grace, wit and humor will be deeply missed... Our hearts go out to their family and friends, especially David's partners, Peter Casey and David Lee."
Angell, Casey and Lee created and produced Frasier and Wings, and also served together on the Cheers writing staff. Together, the trio whose company is named Grub Street Productions has earned an impressive 37 Emmy nominations and won 24.
"David Angell was not only our partner, but also our friend for the past 16 years," Casey and Lee said in a statement. "He was a kind and gentle man with a quiet exterior that masked one of the sharpest comedy minds ever to write for television. His fingerprints are all over some of the funniest moments in Cheers, Wings and Frasier. What few know is that he was also a man of great faith a quality that allowed him to navigate the shoals of the entertainment industry with unusual grace and level-headedness. It was our privilege to have known and worked with him.
"David's wife, Lynn, was the love of his life," the writers continued. "She epitomized Southern graciousness and charm... It is still impossible for us to imagine that they are gone."