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Prolific US Television Producer Dies

U.S. television producer Aaron Spelling, who created a long line of popular dramas such as "Dynasty," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place" has died at the age of 83.

Spelling died Friday night at his home in Los Angeles, California, nearly a week after suffering a stroke.

Born in poverty in the southwestern U.S. state of Texas, Spelling began his Hollywood career as an actor in the 1950s before turning to writing and producing. He also produced such popular dramas as "The Mod Squad," "Starsky and Hutch," and "Charlie's Angels."

Spelling set a world record for producing more than three-thousand television episodes. He also produced several critically acclaimed television movies, including "And the Band Played On," an adaptation of journalist's Randy Shilts' book about the AIDS crisis.

Some information for this report provided by AP.