Gary David Goldberg, creator of the 1980s hit series "Family Ties," has passed away at age 68. 
The Emmy-winning writer died yesterday from brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., reports The New York Times. He also co-created the successful sitcom "Spin City," which featured "Family Ties" cast member Michael J. Fox. 
"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly."
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Goldberg earned seven Emmy nominations during his career, reports Hollywood Reporter.   
He formed his own production company in 1980, using his black Labrador retriever Ubu as the inspiration for the name of Ubu Productions, a partnership with Paramount. 
His career began in the 1970s when he worked as a television writer for several series, including The Bob Newhart Show" and a producer of "Lou Grant."
Goldberg won two Emmy's during his career as well as two Golden Globes and a Peabody award. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.