UPDATE SUNDAY PM: This is a note from Peggy Kennedy’s sister Cate left in the comments section:

What beautiful messages and outpouring of love from all you dear people. Peggy would be truly touched. Just want all to know that Peggy did not suffer and went very quickly once life support was removed. She was surrounded by her brother Vince, her sister Maureen, her niece Kaitlin, Debi Manwiller, Kevin and myself. I want to thank each and everyone of you who sent messages prior to her passing. Maureen and I read all of them to her and I know she heard them. We will be having a Memorial Service soon somewhere over in the West Hollywood area and all are invited. Love, light and gratitude to all. Cate

PREVIOUS FRIDAY PM: Shocking news in the TV talent community. Emmy-winning casting director Peggy Kennedy died today at Cedars-Sinai only a week after being diagnosed with cancer. She started off as a talent agent and segued into casting as associate on Reservoir Dogs, L.A. Law and Chicago Hope before joining Debi Manwiller as a casting director on Level 9, Wolf Lake, 24 and, most recently, Human Target. In 2004, the two won an Emmy for their work on 24. This is a message Manwiller posted on her Facebook page yesterday:

My dear Peggy is indeed ill. She was diagnosed with cancer last week and is currently in ICU at Cedars. They are taking another biopsy today to see if she has lymphoma which would be treatable with chemo. This has all been incredibly sudden. Please keep her in your prayers. Send light and love.

UPDATE:Former 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon said that cast and crew members from the show had spent the evening on the phone, talking to each other about the tragic news and reminiscing about their time with Kennedy. “There was nobody who was kinder and more wonderful on the show. She was like the spirit of the show – the first one in in the morning and the last one to leave at night. Just a complete joy to work with from the beginning to end.” Kennedy had a “heavy hand” in every casting decision on 24, Gordon said. “She was also relentless and never gave up. She had an amazing amount of patience, and she always truly bent over backwards to help people.”

Warner Bros. TV, where Kennedy worked as a casting director on Human Target up until her death, and the show’s executive producer Matt Miller just issued statements on Kennedy’s passing:

Roberta Bassin
3 years
Thank you for your posting. I did not know Peggy well except for coming in to read...
Yvonne
3 years
I was going through my mothers stuff and saw that she had an aquaintence with a Peggy...
Brian H
4 years
What a beautiful tribute, Joey. Thank you for the reminder, so aptly stated.

“We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a very talented and deeply respected member of the Warner Bros. Television family. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go to Peggy’s family and loved ones at this very difficult time. She will be sorely missed.” – Warner Bros. TV

Everyone on Human Target is devastated by this sudden passing of Peggy Kennedy. She was the one of the most dedicated, caring and wonderful people I have had the pleasure to work with. She will be dearly missed. – Matt Miller