Nor­man Lear dead: Leg­endary TV pro­duc­er of The Jef­fer­sons and All in the Fam­i­ly dies at 101

Nor­man Lear, the TV pro­duc­er who brought clas­sic sit­u­a­tion come­dies of the 1970s and 1980s into homes world­wide, has died. He was 101 years old.
Lear was the mas­ter­mind behind shows such as All in the Fam­i­ly, The Jef­fer­sons, One Day at a Time, San­ford and Son, and The Facts of Life.
He died at his home in Los Ange­les of nat­ur­al caus­es on Tues­day.
“Thank you for the mov­ing out­pour­ing of love and sup­port in hon­or of our won­der­ful hus­band, father, and grand­fa­ther,” Lear’s fam­i­ly said in a state­ment. “Nor­man lived a life of cre­ativ­i­ty, tenac­i­ty, and empa­thy. He deeply loved our coun­try and spent a life­time help­ing to pre­serve its found­ing ideals of jus­tice and equal­i­ty for all. Know­ing and lov­ing him has been the great­est of gifts. We ask for your under­stand­ing as we mourn pri­vate­ly in cel­e­bra­tion of this remark­able human being.”
Lear not only pro­vid­ed audi­ences with count­less laughs but also did not shy away from bring­ing shows that dis­cussed con­tro­ver­sial top­ics such as rape, racism, abor­tion, homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, and the Viet­nam War into peo­ple’s homes. The shows won numer­ous awards over the years. In 2017, Lear was h …