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America loses TV producer David Angell in terrorist attack

By Daily Bruin Staff

Sept. 11, 2001 9:00 p.m.

  The Associated Press David Angell, an
executive producer of "Frasier," died when the plane he was on
crashed into the World Trade Center Tuesday.

By Chris Moriates
Daily Bruin Senior Staff

A life spent behind-the-scenes of some of America’s most
watched television series was ended in Tuesday’s

David Angell, 54, the executive producer of the NBC comedy
“Frasier,” and his wife Lynn were aboard American
Airlines flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center
Tuesday morning in a terrorist attack.

The television show “Frasier,” which stars Kelsey
Grammer, is a popular comedy series on NBC. Angell also wrote
episodes for the TV comedies “Wings” and the
long-running series “Cheers.” He shared six Emmy Awards
for his television work.

His show “Frasier” was nominated for an Emmy Award
this year for Best Comedy.

“He was a kind and gentle man with a quiet exterior that
masked one of the sharpest comedy minds ever to write for
television,” said his co-producers David Lee and Peter Casey
to the Associated Press. “David’s wife, Lynn, was the
love of his life. She epitomized Southern graciousness and

According to, Angell was travelling home to Los
Angeles after a vacation in Cape Cod, Mass. Angell and his wife
lived in Pasadena.

The production company could not be reached for questioning
regarding whether Angell’s death would affect the production
of the show “Frasier.”

“Words cannot express our sorrow at this incredible
loss,” read the statement issued by Paramount. “David
has been at Paramount since 1983 and his grace, wit, humor and
talent will be deeply missed. We cherish our relationship with
David and Lynn and our hearts go out to their family and friends,
especially David’s partners Peter Casey and David

With reports from the Associated Press.

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