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'Roots' producer David L. Wolper dies

August 11, 2010 | 11:53 am

David L. Wolper, the producer of the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots" and several other critically acclaimed projects, has died of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease.

The 82-year-old producer died in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday evening, Wolper's spokesman Dale Olson told the Associated Press.

"Roots," about an African American family whose ancestry could be traced to a captured African slave, was seen by more than half the country when it first ran on ABC in 1977.

— Greg Braxton

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