A nine-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer who was one of the co-creators of the long-running animated comedy “The Simpsons” has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Simon died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 59.
Simon co-created “The Simpsons” along with Matt Groening and others. Simon was a philanthropist who made millions after leaving the show in 1993 and donated much of his fortune to charity, the report notes.
In a statement, “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean said: “He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help every animal I can in his memory.”
THR reports: “Simon, who died Sunday evening at his home in the Pacific Palisades, was diagnosed in February 2013 with terminal colon cancer. Through it all, he tried to remain upbeat and keep his sense of humor.”
He’s quoted saying on a podcast in May 2013, soon after his diagnosis: “The Museum of Broadcasting called and said, ‘We were thinking about doing an archive interview with you. Do you mind if we did it now?’”
“During his brief career, the influential Simon also served as the showrunner on the sitcom ‘Taxi’ at the age of 23; wrote for and produced the comedies ‘Cheers’ and ‘The Drew Carey Show’; and created a Fox series for the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin in the mid-1990s,” THR reports.