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Sam Simon, a co-creator of the favorite cartoon series The Simpsons and a veteran of the television industry for over four decades, passed away at the age of 59 at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8 following a three-year battle with colorectal cancer.
According to Variety reports, the writer, cartoonist, producer, show runner, great poker player and philanthropist had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.
Al Jean, Simpsons show runner, took to Twitter to pay his tribute to the late Simon.
“Just heard terrible news of death of [Simon]. A great man; I owe him everything. If you would like to honor Sam’s memory, do something nice for the next animal you meet. An enormous loss.”
Jean also spoke to Variety about the influence Simon had on his life and work.
“Sam Simon taught me everything about animation writing, and even more about life.”