‘The Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon Has Passed Away


The Simpsons co-creator has lost his battle with colon cancer.

The animator, 59, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012 and told by doctors he only had three to six months to live. He passed away at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, surrounded by family and friends.

A spokesperson for his animal charity The Sam Simon Foundation confirmed the news on the organization’s Facebook page on Monday, with a statement which reads: “It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation.

“We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!”

The organization’s representative also tells TMZ, “For those of us who knew him, his voice will forever echo in our minds; his sense of humor will continue to make us laugh; and his compassion and generosity will continue to impact our lives.”

Since his diagnosis, Simon, a longtime animal rights activist, had been preparing to give away his $100 million fortune to a number of charities, including his own foundation, which provides service dogs to veterans, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal-centered organizations.

Simon was honored with the Valentine Davies award from the Writers Guild of America last year for his humanitarian work.

In addition to his years on The Simpsons, nine-time Emmy winner Simon was also a producer on hits such as Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The George Carlin Show, The Drew Carey Show, and Charlie Sheen’s sitcom Anger Management, which served as his last TV credit in 2012.

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean was among the first to pay tribute to Simon, praising his former co-worker in a statement which reads: “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.”

Simon was previously married to actress Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991, and wed Playboy playmate Jami Ferrell in 2000, but their marriage ended after just three weeks.

Tilly remembered her late ex-husband and friend by posting a photo of them together on her Twitter page, along with the caption, “Goodbye Sam”.

In the past year, Simon has helped PETA officials free bears from a roadside circus in Colorado and a gay bull set for slaughter in Ireland and he also helped animal rights activists take over one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California.

The writer helped PETA’s bosses buy up the Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista and shut it down, after learning the ‘pet breeders’ there were electrocuting and skinning the pelts of chinchillas who didn’t “work out” as companions.

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