The world has lost one of the biggest philanthropists and comedy legends. Co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, has passed away at the age of 59, after a 3-year-long battle with cancer.
Simon focused on philanthropy in recent years, giving millions to charity, establishing a free vegan restaurant which feeds hundreds of people daily and saving and helping animals.
The Sam Simon Foundation confirmed the sad news in a statement: “It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!”
Simon’s involvement with The Simpsons ended fairly early in its run so that he could focus attention on other projects. During his career, the nine-time Emmy winner also worked on The Drew Carey Show, Cheers and Taxi. He will always be considered as one of the greats in the halls of comedy history.
Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, who developed the series with Simon, praised their fellow executive producer. “We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence and sly sense of humor. He is gone from our industry too soon,” Groening said, while Brooks called Simon “truly one of the great ones. He found so much outside the work to give him pleasure and left so much behind for others.”
Fox Television Group also shared their thoughts of Sam’s passing and his influence on the world: “Sam helped establish the tone and world of The Simpsons in the early years of this landmark series, and his contributions live on. His philanthropy was well known and a source of inspiration for many.”