NCIS: LA left viewers were left emotional after the show paid tribute to producer David Bellisario on last weekend’s episode.
The crime drama returned on Sunday and paid its respects to David, who died over the summer at the age of 63 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
The premiere of season 12 celebrated the long-term producer’s ‘wisdom’ and ‘gentleness’, and praised him as a friend and colleague in a touching title card.
The son of NCIS creator Donald P. Bellisario, David served as a producer on 238 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and 137 episodes of NCIS.
He worked in the industry for more than four decades, credited as an associate producer on 63 episodes of TV series Magnum P.I. in the mid 80s.
Fans were quick to share their own tributes after watching the show.
One viewer wrote: ‘I honestly have no words. This is the best I could do… as I type through tears. Rest In Peace, sir. Thank you for everything.’
Another added: ‘I’m sorry for everyone’s loss. He was a great man.’
NCIS: LA began in 2009 and recently returned for its 12th season. It stars the likes of Chris O’Donell, LL Cool J and Renee Felice Smith and focuses on a team of special agents fighting crime for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.
NCIS: LA continues Sundays on CBS.
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