Bosses behind hit TV show The Simpsons aired a moving tribute to co-creator Sam Simon on Monday night, a week after his death.
Simon, a member of the creative team behind the long-running show, passed away aged 59 on March 8 after a long battle with colon cancer.
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.
He was remembered by his colleagues on Monday in a tribute posted at the end of the episode which aired that evening.
The black and yellow message hailed Simon as “one of the greatest comic minds ever,” adding, “Thank you, Sam,” before closing with a picture of the animator surrounded by cardboard cut-outs of the characters he helped create.
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