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Nora O’Brien

Born: 1965-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
Cause of Death:
Brain Aneurysm


Death Summary: On April 29, 2009 Nora O'Brien suffered a brain aneurysm on the set of "Parenthood", a new TV series in development for NBC.

The cast and crew were taking a break from shooting and decided to play some basketball. In the middle of the game O'Brien said she felt dizzy and then collapsed. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was 44.

Who was Nora O’Brien : O'Brien was a television executive in charge of drama programming for NBC Universal.

Prior to her work in drama programming, O'Brien had spent six years at the Sci Fi Channel, where she worked on shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis and The Lost Room.

Mark Stern, executive vice president for original programming at the Sci Fi cable channel, was quote as saying "She was talented, smart and insightful ... She had great integrity, not only about her work but also in how she approached life. She stuck up for people no matter what; she didn't play politics. She was really sincere, and that's rare in our business."

Even though O'Brien resided in Santa Monica, California, she was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut.
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31 Signatures in Nora O’Brien's guestbook

  1. Bre'Anna Says:

    Rip

  2. Erik Says:

    May you rest in peace,and may peace and God’s blessings rest on your family.
    Erik H.

  3. kh Says:

    Ms O’Brien, you were a rare commodity in Hollywood. Your life was entirely too short and we can only hope there will be others to follow in your footsteps who will protect their cast and crew to the level you did…RIP

  4. micknm Says:

    may you rest in peace always soon the awakening
    will when yahshua comes back in his name amen

  5. Pat Says:

    You touched our lives directly and indirectly. You will be missed by your family and a guy in his 5o’s who loved the shows you nutured. You left a legacy. May God put his arms around you. You are loved…

  6. MRA Says:

    Rest in peace.

  7. TED AND BUNNIE JENDREY Says:

    We saw your Parenthood TV program tonight. You will suourely be missed among the many programs you have made in your short period of life. God be with you.

  8. Kerry & Vickie Nyce Says:

    We just saw the Parenthood tonight and what a wonderful real life/family parent show with all the children going different faucets of their lives. Really touched our family was when they told Max has a condition. We have a daughter, Emilie has Down Syndrome and they need every family support. It was so touching when Max said “is there a game today” and every family rallied behind Max and jot his second hit. I know your family personal and television family is missing you GOD BLESS FOREVER>>> The Nyce’s

  9. Kerry & Vickie Nyce Says:

    We just saw the Parenthood tonight and what a wonderful real life/family/parent show with all the children having different faucets of their lives. Really touched our family was when they told Max has a condition. We have a daughter, Emilie has Down Syndrome and they need every family support. It was so touching when Max said “is there a game today” and every family member rallied behind Max and got his second hit. I know your family personal and television family is missing you GOD BLESS FOREVER>>> The Nyce’s

  10. Dr. Rebecca Kenney Says:

    Ms. O’Brien, may your spirit (and family) know that Parenthood is a tremendous program of which my family and I greatly appreciated and are impressed by the quality acting, rich storyline, and overall excellence of this new and completely engaging drama, comedy, human journey at its best. May you always rest in peace; your family has much of which to be proud now and forever.

    Dr. Rebecca J Kenney

  11. Michelle Prunier Says:

    I too have lost someone close to me this last January I know the emptiness it brings and the pain you all must be going through. I hope that the days get better and that happiness finds away to fill the hole in all your hearts. I am still in search of mine. God Bless the family and friends.

  12. Juanita Says:

    To the family – so sorry for your loss, and our loss, too.

  13. Roger Hargett Says:

    You will be sorely missed but you will live on through your body great work. Your messages will continue to touch lives in a positive way. Our loss Heavens gain.

  14. Linda Says:

    Parenthood is a wonderful show, and I’m sure a great deal of the credit goes to you. Thank you.

  15. Alicia Noonan Says:

    Your community, your neighbors, and all who knew you will forever miss your talent and that great smile that shines through. You will be missed.
    Alicia N.

  16. Khalil Johnson Says:

    i miss u baby

  17. Jane Says:

    May you rest in peace.
    Condolences to your family.

  18. ozzyflossy Says:

    ….Forever young…so sad. Sympathy to your family from Bunbury, Western Australia

  19. Di Paine Says:

    Love the programme all the way over here in Australia – Parenthood – great actors and actresses and credible scripts – very home-hitting some weeks. So sad to see her obituary. May the angels look after you!

  20. fransergio de oliveira Says:

    foi uma perda irreparavel, que Deus abençoi sua eternidade.

  21. Richard Says:

    So sad for you to leave us, you will be missed by many. My prayers go out to your family.

  22. wiliam Says:

    Uma pessoa notavel super capaz de uma belesa impar

  23. Elaine Galvin Says:

    R.I.P

  24. maura o gorman Says:

    may you rest in peace

  25. William C Wilson Says:

    I just saw a chapter of Sanctuary aired here in Brazil tonight, May 2011, to the memory of Nora. I had no idea that she had died. Her work in Stargate Atlantis was great. We WILL MISS her dearly.

  26. Scipio Wolf Says:

    Too early and i was too late!

  27. YOREL SEMLOH Says:

    R.I.P. Sweety!

  28. David Sanger Says:

    The good die young… Screw up a little if you want a long life

  29. tikurgisila Says:

    To the family,
    It never goes away, I know. We’ll go wherever she is in due time though, you know? I imagine she’s somewhere better.
    Nora, you’ve done a lot in a short time. Your work has touched me. See you on the flip side

  30. J N Says:

    Ruhe in Frieden.

  31. Carrie S Says:

    Love your work.


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