Simpson’s co-creator Sam Simon passes away at 59
(ABC 7 Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sam Simon, best known as one of the creators of “The Simpsons” show, died Sunday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59.
It is with a heavy heart, and a great many tears, that we share the news that our beloved boss, Sam Simon, has died. He passed away peacefully in his own bed, in his own home, surrounded by people and a dog who loved him, late Sunday afternoon.
For those of us who knew him, his voice will forever echo in our minds; his sense of humor will continue to make us laugh; and his compassion and generosity will continue to impact our lives.
Thank you for allowing us to join you in your mission to make the world a better place.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to live our lives with a purpose few will ever have the chance to do.
Thank you for being a wonderful boss. For including us in celebrity poker tournaments and meetings with future governors. For inviting us to watch you speak at an animal right’s conference, only to have us laughing our butts off because for some reason you kept talking about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during your speech. For hosting fun and lavish parties for us every winter. For, after receiving the devastating news of your cancer diagnosis, making it a priority to assure us that our jobs, as well as the future of the clinic, are secure. And for appreciating us as much as we have always appreciated you.
Sam, you will be missed by many, but there is a particular sadness among our clinic staff. We have been together for so long, and your absence will forever leave a void in our lives. We are grateful, and incredibly humbled, to have been a part of your life. And we will continue to honor you by working our hardest every day to bring happiness and relief to the animals we treat, and to the families that love them.
We love you, Sam.
“It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over,” the Sam Simon Foundation, which Simon funded, posted on Facebook Monday. “We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work.”
In addition to his show, Simon was known as an avid animal lover and philanthropist. The foundation in his name trains rescue dogs to help the disabled. He also started a vegan food bank in California called Feeding Families.
Simon had already announced plans to give his $100 million fortune to charity, ABC News reports.
He was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2011 and spoke openly about his battle, documenting it online. He often put a touch of humor in his post and also thanked the medical professionals who helped him.
Simon’s animated adult comedy show has been on the air continuously since 1989. He previously wrote for “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
Actors and others involved in the show, as well as fans and loved ones, took to social media to honor and remember Simon.
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk released a statement to ABC News:
“I think Sam died with a smile on his face, knowing that elephants were on their way out of the circus, something that, together with the closure of SeaWorld, he dreamt of and talked about all the time. He said the last two years of his life, since his diagnosis, were his happiest, as he used them to help animals who had nothing, and it gave him great joy to see chimpanzees, elephants, and even a “gay” bull find freedom from harm because he had worked with PETA to get them all out of hideous circumstances.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.