The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Passes Away At 59

Emmy award winner has died after a battle against cancer.

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Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of Taxi and Cheers before going on to co-create the iconic animated TV show The Simpsons, has died. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012 and passed away in his Los Angeles home Sunday. He was 59.

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News of Simon's death was shared on Facebook by The Sam Simon Foundation. A full obituary is available at Variety.

Simon co-created The Simpsons in 1989 with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. He co-wrote numerous episodes of the popular animated show before leaving in 1993 while retaining an executive producer title for the program.

Simon, who won nine Emmy awards, underwent a colonoscopy in 2012 and was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer. Doctors told him he had three months to live.

"They showed me my scans. And they said these are the scans of a dead man," Simon told GameSpot parent company CBS in 2014.

Simon made headlines late last year when he announced plans to give away his $100 million fortune through The Sam Simon Foundation and other charitable efforts. The Sam Simon Foundation rescues stray dogs and trains them to help people with disabilities.

The Simpsons franchise is one of the most well-known media brands in existence. In addition to the TV show, which will air new episodes at least through 2016, the franchise has crossed over into video games, theme parks, movies, and more.

The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean and voice actor Hank Azaria shared heartfelt messages on Twitter about Simon's passing. Other celebrities chimed in, too.

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With all due respect, this is not Game related.

Dear Gamespot,


Over the past few years I have noticed your content getting progressively worse.

What happend to Gamespot UK?

Why isn't Danny interesting anymore?

Why have you dropped all of your decent shows?

Why is your website so badly optimised?

I have been a loyal Gamespot fan for many years, and feel you are losing your edge, you have lost your cool, you are losing me.

Kind of makes me want to start my own Gamer site up, proper old school rugged shit that does not rely so heavily on SHIT adverts of SHIT AAA+ games that are SHIT.

Your Friend,

BIG5AM

R.I.P Sam Simon


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Very sad. I've lost a number of family members to cancer. It's the worst.


I'm very impressed with his foundation that helps stray dogs, at the same time helping disabled people. That's a great thing to do.


I've seen interviews with him, and he seemed like a really good guy.


And to anyone talking about The Simpsons sucking. Well, it does suck. But it didn't suck when he was actually "hands on" involved. It was a great show for a while. It's just gone on too long.

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Taxi, Cheers and The Simpsons. Three of the funniest TV shows in history, RIP Sam Simon.

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RIP Simpsons will live on forever. Thankyou for creating such a wonderful TV series.

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RIP Sam Simon.

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rip man

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Cancer sucks.... that is all. :(


And very respectful of him to take the time to donate so much to charity before he died... Something I'm sure many wouldn't even think of doing. RIP, Sam.

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R.I.P. Thank you for everything you've done.

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R.I.P. good sir, the Simpsons has given me more joy than anything ever on television

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I never liked the Simpsons.

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Boo-urns.

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There's no doubt the impact he had on media everywhere. Simpsons remains one of the longest running series with no end in sight. Although to many the show has lost some flair, it is still iconic. 25 years so far and it spawned a total of 27 video game titles over various platforms. That's really impressive.

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Never watched many Simpsons, however have laughed at the few I came across. Well written and funny show.


Rest in peace, you will be missed.

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May he rest in peace. It should be mentioned that he is not a co-creator of The Simpsons but a co-developer. The show was created by Matt Groening.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Technically he developed the first episode with Matt making him the co creator.

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You are right, but he is only credited as a Developer it seems.

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I though he was using Rick Simpson Oil?

RIP :(

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"Simon, who won nine Emmy awards, underwent a colonoscopy in 2012 and was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer. Doctors told him he had three months to live... they said these are the scans of a dead man," Such pessimistic people those doctors. I'm glad they were at least partially wrong, since he lived more than 2 years longer than their estimation.

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Thanks for the extremely happy times received from The Simpsons.

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This is very sad and all, but this is also a gaming website. So what gives?

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RIP Mr. Simon


Thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to the world.

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Now cancel this awful show already! It hasn't been funny since season 9.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> This is disgusting if you read the article you would know he left The Simpsons in 1993 meaning it won't be canceled and the Awful show as you call it had nothing to do with him. He gave us the Simpsons in their prime. So instead of using his Death to insult something he no longer has anything to do with how about you remember this amazing man who gave us something great.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I would rather this show never existed than to last as long as it has.


Know what's REALLY disgusting? This show's quality.


The only time a Simpsons headline will make me happy is "The Simpsons last surviving cast member dead; show canceled" Give it about ten years, and this show will be out of it's misery.

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What's really disgusting is using this man's death as a pedestal for you rant, learn some respect.

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"They showed me my scans. And they said these are the scans of a dead man,"


That's scary to think about. Not sure what I would do after hearing that. His legacy will never be forgotten though.

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I'm sorry to hear this news. Dying at the age of 59 is just way too young to die.

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Such a tragedy. A great creative mind has left us. May he rest in peace

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