John Langley, the creator of influential reality TV show Cops, died of an apparent heart attack while competing in an off-road race in Baja California, Mexico, which borders the U.S. state of California, according to representatives in a Variety report.
Langley passed away Saturday amid the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race, family spokeswoman Pam Golum said, according to The Associated Press. He reportedly often drove in such competitions.
Cops was known for following police during patrols, highlighting dramatic portions of arrests. It began in 1989 and ran until 2020, serving as a sort of prototype reality show years before the genre surged in popularity. It was cancelled after the death of Minnesota man