DETROIT (WWJ) – A longtime documentary producer in Detroit has died.

Family members say Ted Talbert died of a heart attack at his Detroit home on Tuesday at the age of 70.

Talbert who had five Emmy Awards for his work, wrote and produced more than 20 films mostly about Detroit. Edna Bell is Talbert’s sister and spoke to WWJ about her brother and his work.

“Extremely gifted, thought provoking person who would come up with things that I would never think of,” she said. “(He was) just extremely talented person who loved doing what he did, loved writing, loved producing and loved the city he lived in.”

“He was defensive about the city of Detroit. He loved it to death, that’s why he did so many documentaries about Detroit and blacks in Detroit so that they would be remembered forever,” Bell said.

Talbert has been honored with several awards, including for his documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


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