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Sam Simon, “Simpsons” Co-Creator, 1955 – 2015

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Sam Simon, former writer and producer of The Simpsons, passed away on Sunday after a bout with colon cancer. He was 59. Mr. Simon, along with creator Matt Groening and producer James L. Brooks, helped turn the show into the longest running show on television. He won 9 Emmys for his work before leaving the show in 1993. He worked out a deal with Fox for him to earn “tens of millions” of dollars a year from home media releases along with an ongoing executive producer credit long after he departed.

Mr. Simon was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2012 and decided to give away all his money into various charities, including the animal rights group PETA which named their headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, after him.

Besides The Simpsons, Mr. Simon’s writing and producing credits include the TV shows Taxi, Barney Miller, Cheers, It’s Gary Shandling’s Show, The Drew Carey Show, The George Carlin Show, and The Tracey Ullman Show (which introduced The Simpsons). He was also a consultant on the Charlie Sheen sit-com Anger Management.  His animated credits include writing for The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle and The New Fat Albert Show for Filmation Productions.

Simon was married to actress Jennifer Tilly until their divorce in 1991 and married Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell for three weeks in 2000. Both marriages did not produce any children.