American author Jack Vance has died at the age of 96. The sci-fi and mystery writer passed away at his home in Oakland, California on Sunday (26May13).
Vance wrote more than 60 books, including 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance, three as Ellery Queen and several other pseudonyms.
He was feted with the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement honour in 1984 and was named Grand Master of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America in 1997.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Rhodes died last week (07Oct10) at a Los Angeles hospital, according to his daughter Laura. Further details regarding his illness had not been released as WENN went to press.
Rhodes was perhaps best-known for shaping 1970s U.S. TV crime dramas Ellery Queen and Delvecchio, which starred Judd Hirsch.
His other producing credits include TV shows Operation Petticoat and Mariah, and small screen films The Return of Frank Cannon and Captive.
Rhodes is survived by his mother, a son, two daughters, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.
The pilot film for an atmospheric whodunit set in the 1940s that involves an author-criminologist in one of the cases stumping his New York City police inspector father -- the murder of a famed fashion designer. Hutton and Wayne continued their roles in the subsequent series (1975-76) that also had John Hillerman in a recurring role of pompous radio detective Simon Brimmer (a character not in the Ellery Queen mysteries).