Hollywood Reacts to 'NCIS' Boss Gary Glasberg's Death

Gary Glasberg - Getty - H 2016
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Gary Glasberg - Getty - H 2016

The longtime 'NCIS' showrunner and creator of 'NCIS: New Orleans' passed away on Wednesday.

Gary Glasberg, the beloved showrunner on CBS' NCIS, died Tuesday night in his sleep. He was 50.

Glasberg joined NCIS in 2009 and took over as showrunner in 2011. The 14th season, as well as its third-year spinoff NCIS: New Orleans, both returned for their new seasons on CBS last week.

The NCIS cast and crew said in a statement on Wednesday: “Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day."

Glasberg had signed a new three-year overall deal with NCIS producers CBS Television Studios that would have kept him at the helm of both shows through 2019. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, TV producer and screenwriter Mimi Schmir and their two sons, Dash and Eli.

“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for NCIS, CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg," said CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller in a statement. "We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Mimi, his two sons and all his family and friends.” 

Cote de Pablo, who starred on NCIS from 2005 to 2013, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter upon hearing the news. “I worked with Gary Glasberg for years during my time at NCIS," she said. "I just found out about his passing a couple of minutes ago. The news is shocking and sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his two kids, with the cast and crew...I will remember him by his great big smile.”

"What sad a day this is," posted NCIS star Michael Weatherly on Twitter. "Gary Glasberg was a gentle man and gentleman loved by so many people." Pauley Perrette added, "Our hearts are collectively broken...There are no words."

Many others in Hollywood were quick to react on social media. See the posts as they come in below.