'Barney Miller' Star Ron Glass Dead At 71

11/26/2016 12:35 PM PST

'Barney Miller' Star Ron Glass Dead At 71

EXCLUSIVE

2:45 PM PST -- Glass' rep Jeffrey Leavitt tells TMZ ... "Ron passed late last night of respiratory failure. Ron was a  private, gentle and caring man. He was an absolute delight to watch on screen.  Words cannot adequately express my sorrow. "Ron Glass, a centerpiece on the 70's sitcom "Barney Miller" has died ... according to his rep. 

Glass had recently battled with various illnesses, and was an active member in the L.A. Buddhist community. He passed away at his home Friday, where'd he'd been watched by a caretaker.

Glass received an Emmy nomination for his role as Detective Ron Harris on the show ... he also made appearances on the original Hawaii Five-O, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Firefly and more recently on an episode of CSI in 2014.

RIP