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Tragedy of ‘Cops’ Creator John Langley’s Cause of Death in Race


Creator of the long-running TV show “Cops,” John Langley’s cause of death has been revealed after he passed away at the age of 78 as competing in an off-road race Saturday (June 28). May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by a family spokeswoman who announced John Langley died in Baja, Mexico, while he was competing in the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race.

TV writer and producer is remembered by “Cops,” which was canceled in 2020 after a black man, George Floyd, was killed by police and followed by protests and had become controversial for featuring primarily the police’s point of view.

John Langley's cause of death has been revealed after he passed away at the age of 78 as competing in an off-road race
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“Cops” was among the first reality series on the air when it kicked off in 1989, and it would become an institution through 32 seasons. Langley and production partner Malcolm Barbour had shopped the idea for years and found a home for it on the fledgling Fox network.

Langley leaves behind his son Morgan, who oversees Langley Productions and is an executive producer of “Cops,” as well as his wife Maggie, son Zak, daughters Sarah Langley Dews and Jennifer Blair, and seven grandchildren.

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Heart Attack Becomes John Langley’s Cause of Death

Born in Oklahoma City, John Langley raised in Los Angeles and graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills, serving in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s. He was always an off-road racing lover and usually drove in events like the one he took part in on Saturday, where he lost his life.

According to the family’s rep, John Langley’s cause of death was a sudden heart attack.

Langley was additionally a producer on the 2009 film “Brooklyn’s Finest,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and playing Richard Gere and Don Cheadle, and on the non-fiction series “Jail,” “Vegas Strip” and “Anatomy of a Crime.”

According to the family's rep, John Langley's cause of death was a sudden heart attack.
Image source: TMZ

Good to know “Cops” moved to the Spike network after being canceled in 2013 and then to Paramount Network before being canceled again in 2020. A podcast had detailed how police could remove parts of the shows that negatively showed them and how some people were forced into signing rejections.

Langley began his career in reality TV with his 1986 special “American Vice: The Doping of a Nation,” a live show of drug arrests on primetime TV.

He produced several series such as:

  • “Inside American Jail” for TruTV
  • “Las Vegas Jailhouse”
  • “Street Patrol”
  • Vegas Strip”
  • “Road Warriors”
  • “Undercover Stings.”

Reactions to John Langley’s Death

As expected, celebrities’ passing news always breaks many hearts, though fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts and minds even after years.

US day News‘ thoughts and prayers are with the unforgettable star John Langley’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on this tragic time.

Moreover, you can generously leave a condolence message in the comment box to honor him. Shortly after the tragic news was published, many showed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes.

Someone wrote, “With the news of John Langley’s death while auto racing in Northern Baja today, I’m thinking of @timstelloh’s oral history of “COPS” for the @MarshallProj. It’s one of my favorite things he’s written.”

John Langley's cause of death was a sudden heart attack.
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A user sadly tweeted, “John was like a second father to me growing up. He was always larger than life. I will always remember him singing “Dear Liza” to me and the beginning of his making COPS. RIP Johnny boy. Love you. -Liza”

Another said, “John Langley 78, the Emmy-nominated creator “Cops,” has reportedly died from an apparent heart attack in Mexico during off-road race. In its first six years, the show earned four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Informational Series.”

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