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Aaron Spelling buried in L.A. cemetery

‘We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love’ family said  in statement
/ Source: The Associated Press

A private burial service was held for Aaron Spelling, the television producer of such shows as “Dynasty,” “Love Boat” and “Beverly Hills 90210” who died last week at 83.

Sunday’s family-only graveside service at Hillside Memorial Park was attended by widow Candy, son Randy, daughter Tori and brother Danny, publicist Kevin Sasaki said Monday.

No other details were released. Sasaki said an entertainment industry memorial service was planned in about a month.

Spelling suffered a stroke on June 18 and died at his Los Angeles mansion Friday.

“Our extreme sadness and grief is comforted by the overwhelming number of heartfelt calls we have received,” Candy and Randy Spelling said in a statement released earlier by Sasaki. “We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy expressed by so many friends and colleagues who knew Aaron. Our family is truly appreciative of everyone’s love and support.”

One of the most prolific TV producers in history, Spelling generated numerous hits, including “Fantasy Island,” “Burke’s Law,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Matt Houston,” “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel.” More recently he produced “7th Heaven” and “Summerland.”

“He was undoubtedly the greatest producer of popular television during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s,” Joan Collins, who starred in the producer’s hit “Dynasty,” said Monday. “I shall always be grateful to him for insisting I play the role of Alexis Carrington on ‘Dynasty.”’

Heather Locklear, star of Spelling’s “Melrose Place,” said Monday she was sad to hear of Spelling’s death, adding: “He called me his lucky penny (because Spelling shows she was in were hits) but I am the lucky one because he graced me with his encouragement and talent.”