Peter Falk dead diesPeter Falk, the Emmy-winning star of 'Columbo,' has died at 83 years old. CBS Radio News confirmed, via a family spokesperson, that Falk died on the evening of June 23.

Falk was best known to audiences as Lt. Columbo on the police series. But Falk was also known for his film work; he was nominated for two Academy Awards, for 1960's 'Murder, Inc.' and 1961's 'Pocketful of Miracles.' His last credited film role was the 2009 flick 'American Cowslip' opposite Cloris Leachman and Diane Ladd.

Falk is survived by wife Shera Danese Falk and adopted daughters, Jackie and Catherine. After Falk fell ill following a surgical procedure in 2009, Shera Danese released a statement on, placing the site on hiatus.