Sam Simon, a nine-time Emmy winner and co-creator of The Simpsons, died on Sunday, March 8 of colorectal cancer, his reps confirmed. He was 59-years-old.
Sam — who previously wrote episodes for popular shows including 'Taxi,' 'Cheers' and 'It’s Garry Shandling’s Show' — passed away at his LA home two years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Sam accepting a humanitarian award at the Writers Guild Awards in LA on Feb. 1, 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In 1989, the star developed 'The Simpsons' with fellow writers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. He subsequently co-wrote nearly a dozen 'Simpsons' episodes while working on the animated comedy and also serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left in 1993 to pursue other projects.
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Following the news of his death, 'Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean voiced his condolences via Twitter, calling Sam "a great man" before stating, "I owe him everything."
.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015
.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.
Prior to his passing, the esteemed director, writer, producer and philanthropist arranged for his $100 million fortune to be left to various charities.
"The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy [giving back,]" he told 'The Hollywood Reporter' in July 2013 of his decision to donate his wealth to non-profit organizations.
Our thoughts are with Sam's friends and family during this difficult time.
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