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Marcia Wallace: ‘The Simpsons’ Actress Dies At 70

Sat, October 26, 2013 12:55pm EDT by 8 Comments
Marcia Wallace Dead
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So sad. The woman who voiced Edna Krabappel on ‘The Simpsons’ for 13 years passed away on Oct. 25 in her home in Los Angeles.

We’ve lost one of the most recognizable voices in TV. Marcia Wallace, an actress who found her calling giving life to the cranky teacher on The Simpsons, died on Oct. 25. She was 70 years old.

Marcia Wallace Dead At 70

Marcia passed away in her Los Angeles home with her family by her side, a close friend of hers told our sister site Deadline.

“She passed at 9 p.m. last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing,” the friend Cathryn Michon said. “Ironically, it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m devastated.”

Marcia was just a week away from her 71st birthday. She will always be remembered as the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, a role that won her an Emmy. Co-star Yeardley Smith also mourned her passing on Oct. 26 with a short but sweet message: “Heaven is now a much funnier place because of you.”

Edna Krabappel Getting Killed Off ‘The Simpsons’?

The Simpsons star’s death certainly comes at an awkward time, less than a month after a Simpsons producer announced that one of their famous, iconic characters would be getting killed off the show.

Devoted fans speculated heavily and Marcia’s character became the odds-on favorite to get the ax. Obviously her death is totally unrelated, but it still may confirm that Edna Krabappel will be leaving The Simpsons.

Marcia is survived by her adopted son Michael Hawley. We are so sad to see her go, and our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family in this difficult time.

WATCH: Edna Krabappel Ha! Laugh Montage

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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