Sam Simon – co-creator of The Simpsons – has passed away following his battle with cancer.
Al Jean, who created the classic animation series with Simon, confirmed the news on his Twitter.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015
Simon announced in early 2013 that he had been diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer and actually documented his final months for a TV series. He later revealed plans to give away his $100m fortune to charity, including animal rights groups.
He worked on Taxi and Cheers in the 1980s before developing The Simpsons for it’s original run as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. He remained on the staff of Simpsons until 1993, but has retained executive producer status since.
He also won nine Primetime Emmy Awards.