The first elected president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hank Rieger, has died.

The former Emmy Awards boss passed away from natural causes at a nursing home in Oceanside, California on Wednesday (05Mar14). He was 95.

Born Henry Rieger, he served as a publicist for U.S. Tv network NBC from 1965, working on shows such as Star Trek, western series Bonanza and sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

He was voted as the head of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1977 and served two terms as president.