A TV writer, producer and showrunner with a string of comedy credits has died from complications related to cancer treatment, reports Deadline.com.
Jeffrey Hodes, who was in his 40s, had a blood transfusion in preparation for a bone marrow transplant when he developed breathing problems, the story says. He spent a day in intensive care after an MRI revealed blood in his brain, and was taken off life support on Wednesday, the piece adds.
Hodes worked with Nastaran Dibai, his wife and writing partner. The pair were working as co-executive producers on TV Land’s "Happily Divorced," including recently writing the first-season finale of the comedy, the piece says.
Hodes is survived by Dibai and their young daughter, the piece notes.
Hodes and Dibai worked on comedies such as "According to Jim," "3rd Rock From the Sun" and "The Nanny," and developed an ABC comedy project last year for Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, the story says.
“Jeffrey Hodes was a brilliant comedy writer, an amazing showrunner and a wonderful husband and father,” Ripa said. “I considered myself one of the luckiest people alive to call him a true friend. I will miss him terribly.”