Tv writer/producer Rick Mittleman has passed away at the age of 84.

Mittleman died in a traffic accident on Wednesday (30Jul14) in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.com.

He was best known for his work on Tv shows such as The Flintstones, The DICk Van Dyke Show and MACGyver, and earned three Emmy nominations for his work on comedy series The Red Skelton Hour (1963), Arnie (1971) and variety show Van Dyke And Company (1976). In addition, he served as a producer on Arnie and detective show Simon & Simon.

Mittleman also sat on the board of directors for the Writers Guild of America and in 1997, he was honoured with the organisation's Morgan Cox Award for his contributions to the labour union.