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Sam Simon, co-creator of ‘The Simpsons,” dies at 59

Sam Simon, co-creator of ‘The Simpsons,” dies at 59

One of the major creators of the popular sitcom “The Simpsons,” Sam Simon died on Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. His agent Andy Patman conformed. Simon was 59.

After writing for “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “The Tracey Ullman Show,” Simon helped launch “The Simpsons,” but left it after its fourth season in 1994 for the strained relationships with his partners. During the writing and producing career, Simon collected nine prime-time Emmy awards.

Sam Simon was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2011, and doctors said the illness might claim him within months, and since then Simon made his midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into charitable causes.

He established the Sam Simon Foundation to rescue dogs and to assist the disabled, and he also funded a Los Angeles food bank. When interviewed by the media, he said he will support the charity for his lifetime. As to the battle with the illness, Simon declared in 2013, saying “I am not sad. I am happy. I don’t feel angry and bitter. I want to do whatever I can to survive.”

Simon and his partner James L. Brooks and cartoonist Matt Groening has been credited to be fathers of “The Simpsons.” Both praised Simon’s achievements on Monday.

Updated : 2021-09-18 23:16 GMT+08:00