Comedy showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum died Friday. Kirschenbaum was 51 years old.
He started writing on “Everything’s Relative” and “Dear John.” He later wrote on “Coach” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He served as co-executive producer and writer on “Stark Raving Mad” and “Yes Dear” (which he also co-created).
He was a consulting producer on “My Name is Earl” on NBC and “Raising Hope” on Fox. He and Ajay Saghal co-created upcoming CBS sitcom “Friend Me,” which is about two kids who move to Los Angeles from the Midwest with jobs at Groupon.
“We are stunned and devastated to hear the news this morning of Alan's passing. We have lost a long-time colleague, a valued friend and truly one of the most well liked individuals in our midst,” a statement from the network said. “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.”