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Jim Cash

Jim Cash, a prolific screenwriter who co-wrote movies from “Top Gun” to “Turner & Hooch,” died over the weekend in East Lansing, Mich. He was 59.

In addition to writing movie scripts, Cash occasionally taught film writing and other classes at Michigan State U. as an adjunct assistant professor.

Cash lived in East Lansing, graduated from the university there and had endowed a scholarship in creative writing.

He had been under hospital treatment for an intestinal ailment. There were conflicting reports as to whether Cash died March 24 or 25. His family has ordered an information blackout.

Cash and his screenwriting partner, Jack Epps Jr., collaborated on numerous movies, including “Legal Eagles,” “The Secret of My Success,” “Dick Tracy” and “Anaconda.”

In February, it was announced that Cash and Epps had been hired to develop “The Force,” an action adventure TV series based on the U.S. military’s top-secret Delta Force unit.

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