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Emmy-Winning Writer David Lloyd Dead at 75

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 13th 2009 1:45PM
The Mary Tyler Moore ShowEmmy-winning writer David Lloyd has died.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lloyd lost his battle with prostate cancer on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 75.

Best known for writing the 'Chuckles Bites the Dust' episode of the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' on our list of the best '70s TV shows, Lloyd also penned for 'The Tonight Show' and 'The Dick Cavett Show' in the '60s. He went on to write for a number of classic comedies, including 'Rhoda,' 'Taxi,' 'Cheers,' 'The Bob Newhart Show,' 'Wings' and 'Frasier,' for which he won his third Emmy.The Mary Tyler Moore ShowEmmy-winning writer David Lloyd has died.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lloyd lost his battle with prostate cancer on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 75.

Best known for writing the 'Chuckles Bites the Dust' episode of the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' on our list of the best '70s TV shows, Lloyd also penned for 'The Tonight Show' and 'The Dick Cavett Show' in the '60s. He went on to write for a number of classic comedies, including 'Rhoda,' 'Taxi,' 'Cheers,' 'The Bob Newhart Show,' 'Wings' and 'Frasier,' for which he won his third Emmy.

The timeless 'Chuckles' episode featured a wise-cracking WJM-TV staff unable to hold in laughs over the tragic death of the Chuckles the Clown, who was crushed by an elephant while parading around in a peanut costume. In 1997, TV Guide crowned 'Chuckles' the best television episode of all-time.

In 2001, Lloyd was awarded the WGA's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television.

Lloyd is survived by sons Christopher, an executive producer on ABC's 'Modern Family,' and Stephen, who produces 'How I Met Your Mother' for CBS.

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