(AP)-Legendary television actor Peter Falk, who was best known for his role as a squinty, rumpled detective in the hit series "Columbo," has died at the age of 83.
Falk died Thursday night at his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement released by family friend Larry Larson.
A cause of death has not been released.
In 2008, his daughter Catherine Falk, said he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Falk won four Emmys for his starring role in "Columbo," a show on which he appeared in 69 episodes.
"Columbo" began its history in 1971 as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie series, appearing every third week. "Columbo" became by far the most popular of the three mysteries, the others being "McCloud" and "McMillan and Wife."