Dawson’s Creek producer Dana Baratta dies aged 59 following 4 year cancer battle

Dawson's Creek producer and writer Dana Baratta has died aged 59.

Dana died at her home on Sunday due to complications from ovarian cancer.

Her family confirmed the news, adding that many of Dana's friends credited her for launching their acting career.

While others added: "I wouldn't have met my wife," or "I wouldn't have met my husband."

After battling cancer for four years, she credited her survival to the care she received from UCLA Medical Centre surgeon, Dr Beth Y Karlan.

Dana's other writing credits included Providence and the 1994 smash, Andre the Seal.

She also worked as a writer and executive co-producer on the likes of Marvel Studio's Jessica Jones, Good Behaviour and Private Practise.

During the early stages of her career, she became a producer on North Shore before eventually landing the role of co-executive on Cracking Up.

In her first on-screen role, she portrayed Melissa Booth in the 2000 hit film Chuck & Bass.

Since the news of her death broke, fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to the famous writer.

One penned: "RIP Dana Baratta."

While a second went on to say: "Very sad to hear. Haven't watched much of her work, but Jessica Jones season 1 is an absolutely incredible piece of television and she wrote my favourite episode of it along with producing it all. RIP."

"Rest In Peace Dana Baratta," added a third.

Dana is survived by husband David, her stepsons Matthew and Michael, her brothers Mark and David and her sister Lise Baratta.

Her family have asked that rather than donating flowers, friends and fans are to donate gifts to Dr Beth Y Karlan's Research Advancement Fund at UCLA.

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