‘Cops’ creator John Langley dies during road race in Mexico

LOS ANGELES – John Langley creator of the prolonged-running Television collection “Cops,” has died throughout a highway race in Mexico, a loved ones spokeswoman reported.

Langley died in Baja, Mexico, of an clear heart attack Saturday for the duration of the Coastline to Coastline Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-street race, family spokeswoman Pam Golum reported. He was 78.

“Cops” was amid the to start with truth series on the air when it debuted in 1989, and it would turn out to be an establishment by 32 seasons. Langley and manufacturing spouse Malcolm Barbour experienced shopped the strategy for decades, and uncovered a home for it on the fledgling Fox network.

The show was well-known for subsequent law enforcement, from deputies in the Deep South to officers from huge city law enforcement departments, on long, unexciting nights in patrol autos or in fevered foot chases.

Its quirks, like its usually shirtless suspects and its reggae concept tune “Bad Boys,” had been regular fodder for standup comics and were being often referenced in movies, Television exhibits and tunes.


It ran on Fox until eventually 2013, when Viacom-owned Spike Tv set, later on re-branded as The Paramount Network, picked it up.

It arrived beneath criticism for what was considered a slanted, pro-police viewpoint, and was permanently pulled from the air by Paramount past 12 months during around the world protests above the killing of George Floyd.

Some variations of the present continue to air internationally in syndication.

Langley was born in Oklahoma City and elevated in Los Angeles. He graduated from California State College, Dominguez Hills and served in the U.S. Military in the early 1960s.

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

He was an off-street racing fanatic and often drove in occasions like the one he took component in Saturday.

Langley is survived by his son and generating associate Morgan, who oversees their corporation Langley Productions yet another son, Zak two daughters, Sara Langley Dews and Jennifer Blair his wife, Maggie, and 7 grandchildren.


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