Sam Simon, one of the original co-creators of The Simpsons, has passed away aged 59.
Simon was originally diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012 and given three to six months to live. His death on March 8th was announced via message from his animal charity The Sam Simon Foundation
It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honour, 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 originally co-developed The Simpsons in 1989 along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, having previously created Taxi and wrote and produced for Cheers. He left the show in 1993 after his relationship with Matt Groening in particular declined, although he also developed issues with both James L. Brooks and the show's production company, Gracie Films. Despite his departure he negotiated a deal that ensured he retained an executive producer credit and received tens of millions of dollars of the show's revenue every year.