Jeraldine Saunders, the creator and author of the ABC hit series The Love Boat, has died. She was 96.
His death was confirmed by his representative, Edward Lozzi. Edward told The Hollywood Reporter that the writer passed away on Monday, February 25, at her home in Glendale, California.
As for the cause of death, the rep said that Jeraldine due to the complications from kidney stone surgery in December.
Jeraldine Saunders, author & creator of "The Love Boat" has gone to that big cruise ship in the sky. I have many great memories of watching that show with my Mom and could still sing the theme song word-for-word. Bon voyage Ms. Saunders. Thank you for the memories! #theloveboat pic.twitter.com/ewjyDHhsmU
— Lea Yardum (@leayardum) February 26, 2019
The Love Boat ran for nine years, from May 1977 until May 1986 in addition to four three-hourlong specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990.
Aaron Spelling was the executive producer of The Love Boat, which ran for almost 240 episodes. The original 1976 hit was based off the nonfiction book Love Boats that was written by Jeraldine.
Saunders celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony with the cast members of the original series last May.
She leaves no immediate family.
A memorial service for the late author will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Jeraldine Saunders!
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