'NCIS' Showrunner Gary Glasberg Has Died

Gary Glasberg, showrunner for CBS’ long-running hit “NCIS,” has died.

The showrunner, who was also the creator and Executive Producer of “NCIS: New Orleans,” died in his sleep on Wednesday, CBS confirmed.

The “NCIS” cast and crew released a joint statement about the passing of their boss, who they called their “rock.”

“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,” their statement read.

Glasberg became a part of “NCIS” as a Co-Executive Producer and writer in 2009, before becoming showrunner in 2011. The “NCIS: New Orleans” spinoff launched in 2014.

“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg,” President of CBS Entertainment, Glenn Geller, said in a statement. “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.”

“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gary Glasberg,” CBS Television Studios President David Stapf said in his statement. “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. 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 of 20 years, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, sons Dash and Eli, his father, Edwin Glasberg, and his sister, Mindy Glasberg.

A memorial service for the producer is being planned for October.

Jolie Lash