Features — 24 March 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
Retired American TV producer dies in Isla Bonita

SAN PEDRO, Fri. Mar. 20, 2015–Arlando Cooper Smith, 63, a retired American television show producer who has worked in the entertainment field in the USA and who migrated to San Pedo and made the Isla Bonita his home, was found lying motionless on the floor of his apartment at Hol Chan Villas, 3.5 miles north of San Pedro Town, about 4:30 yesterday afternoon.

Smith’s body was found by a housekeeper who went into the unit for a regular scheduled cleaning.

Smith’s body has been taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where it now awaits a post-mortem exam to certify the cause of his death.

Police say that the lock of the door of Smith’s home was not broken, and there were no other signs of forced entry into the home. They also found no signs of violence on the body.

A statement released by the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch expressed the organization’s “profound sorrow” at the passing of Smith, and noted that “in addition to being an integral part of the Executive Committee of South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch, he [Smith] has selflessly supported the island in ways too numerous to count for many years. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.”

The San Pedro Sun reported that Smith was an award-winning director who directed the first episode of La Isla Bonita Telenovela. He also contributed to several American television series, including All in the Family, Silver Spoons, 227, The Richard Pryor Show, She’s the Sheriff, The Robert Guillaume Show, What’s Happening Now, The Jeffersons, and Malcolm and Eddie.

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