‘Cops’ creator John Langley dies throughout street race in Mexico

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Langley creator of the long-running TV collection “Cops,” has died throughout a street race in Mexico, a household spokeswoman stated.

Langley died in Baja, Mexico, of an obvious coronary heart assault Saturday through the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race, household spokeswoman Pam Golum stated. He was 78.

“Cops” was among the many first actuality collection on the air when it debuted in 1989, and it could grow to be an establishment by 32 seasons. Langley and manufacturing companion Malcolm Barbour had shopped the concept for years, and located a house for it on the fledgling Fox community.

The present was well-known for following police, from deputies within the Deep South to officers from huge metropolis police departments, on lengthy, boring nights in patrol automobiles or in fevered foot chases.

Its quirks, together with its typically shirtless suspects and its reggae theme track “Unhealthy Boys,” had been frequent fodder for standup comics and had been typically referenced in movies, TV exhibits and songs.

It ran on Fox till 2013, when Viacom-owned Spike TV, later re-branded as The Paramount Community, picked it up.

It got here below criticism for what was thought-about a slanted, pro-police perspective, and was completely pulled from the air by Paramount final yr throughout worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Some variations of the present nonetheless air internationally in syndication.

Langley was born in Oklahoma Metropolis and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from California State College, Dominguez Hills and served within the U.S. Military within the early Sixties.

Langley was additionally a producer on the 2009 movie “Brooklyn’s Most interesting,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Richard Gere and Don Cheadle, and on the non-fiction collection “Jail,” “Vegas Strip” and “Anatomy of a Crime.”

He was an off-road racing fanatic and incessantly drove in occasions just like the one he took half in Saturday.

Langley is survived by his son and producing companion Morgan, who oversees their firm Langley Productions; one other son, Zak; two daughters, Sara Langley Dews and Jennifer Blair; his spouse, Maggie, and 7 grandchildren.

___ Comply with AP Leisure Reporter Andrew Dalton on Twitter: @andyjamesdalton.

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