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‘Homeland’ writer/executive producer Henry Bromell dies

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Henry Bromell, executive producer and writer for Showtime’s critically-acclaimed “Homeland,” has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 65 years old.

He died Monday at a Los Angeles-area hospital, but it wasn’t announced publicly until Tuesday. His cause of death could not be confirmed, according to the AP, but the Hollywood Reporter says he died of a heart attack.

Bromell also had a personal stake in the show’s clandestine intelligence agency world — his father was a CIA agent. He told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012 he was surprised about the success of “Homeland.”

“The last time this happened to me was on ‘Northern Exposure.’ First it was the reviews, and then it was ‘President Obama is watching.’ It’s cool, but then it’s, ‘Oh God, now we’re going to let everyone down.’”

Twentieth Century Fox TV issued a statement on his Tuesday morning, saying, “He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet,” citing 18 years of working together on and off. He also had a long working relationship with Showtime.

Other series Bromell both wrote on and executive produced included “Northern Exposure,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Chicago Hope,” “Carnivàle” and “Rubicon.”

Beyond the TV world, Bromell also wrote novels and short stories, along with writing and directing two feature films (both starring Neve Campbell). He won several prestigious awards, including the Peabody Award for “Homicide” and the Humanitas Prize for “I’ll Fly Away,” an early ’90s NBC show that looked at the south leading into the Civil Rights Movement.

Henry Bromell on how he got involved with “Homeland”:

Watch Henry Bromell accepting as a co-winner at the WGA Awards for “Homeland” episode “The Good Soldier”:

A promo for “The Good Soldier”:

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