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John Langley, creator of tv show ‘Cops’ dies at 78

John Langley, Morgan Langley, Todd Schmaderer, Jean Stothert
FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, John Langley, creator of the television show “Cops” answer questions during a news conference at police headquarters in Omaha, Neb. Langley creator of the long-running TV series “Cops,” has died during a road race in Mexico, a family spokeswoman said. Langley died in Baja, Mexico, of an apparent heart attack Saturday, June 26, 2021, during the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race, family spokeswoman Pam Golum said. He was 78. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, FIle)

John Langley, the creator of the tv show “Cops” died Saturday of a apparent heart attack in Baja, Mexico.

He was 78.

Langley is best known for creating the Fox series Cop, which premiered on the network in 1989. The series, which ran for over 1,000 episodes, is recognized as one of the longest reality series in television.

Langley executive produced the show with his son Morgan Langley.

After being cancelled by Fox in 2013 after a 25-season run, Paramount Network forerunner, Spike TV, picked up the series.

Paramount Network postponed the premiere of Cops 33rd season following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The show was canceled last June.

Langley Productions also produced Brooklyn’s Finest starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.

Other credits include Inside American Jail and Las Vegas Jailhouse.

Langley is survived by his son Morgan, who oversees Langley Productions, his wife Maggie, son Zak, daughters Sarah Langley Dews and Jennifer Blair and seven grandchildren.