On April 4 2007 it was announced that 7th Heaven's May 13 2007 series finale would be dedicated to Aaron Spelling. Death and legacy
In 2001 Spelling was diagnosed with oral cancer.
Forbes ranked him the 11th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009. As of 2009 Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer with 218 producer and executive producer credits.