Alan Kirschenbaum, a veteran comedy writer and producer who co-created the long-running sitcom “Yes, Dear,” died Friday night (Oct. 26) in an apparent suicide, according to several reports. He was 51.
Kirschenbaum’s most recent work was the CBS comedy “Friend Me,” which is due for a midseason premiere. His TV credits also include “Dear John,” “Coach” and “Raising Hope,” among others.
His death has brought an outpouring of emotion from friends and colleagues in the business. Greg Garcia, who co-created “Yes, Dear” with Kirschenbaum and worked with him on “Raising Hope” and “My Name Is Earl,” posted the photos above of him, Kirschenbaum (at left) and “Yes, Dear” star Mike O’Malley (center) on that show’s set with the following statement: “This was who Alan was. Always making me laugh harder than anyone else could. I hope somewhere Alan is telling a joke and God is doing a spit take but for those of us he left behind, we’re devastated.”
“We are stunned and devastated to hear the news this morning of Alan’s passing,” a statement from CBS reads. “We have lost a long-time colleague, a valued friend and truly one of the most well-liked individuals in our midst. We will remember a gifted and successful comedy writer/producer who shared generously of his time beyond his show duties to help the network and studio in a variety of ways; a kind and gentle man; and a warm and witty conversationalist who could always be seen chatting up many on our lot, ranging from assistants to senior executives.
“Everyone at CBS truly loved Alan and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts grieve for his wife Vicki, daughter Molly, sister Judi, mother Ethel and his father, comedian Freddie Roman, and all of Alan’s family and friends.”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal, who has been friends with Kirschenbaum since they were teenagers, wrote a remembrance for the Huffington Post, saying he has “lost a brother” and crediting Kirschenbaum for his own career: “I would literally not be here at all, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity, the success, the money for this laptop without him, my dear and funny friend.”