So very sad. Sam Simon, best known for helping to create the iconic series, ‘The Simpsons,’ passed away on Mar. 8.
Talk about an incredible legacy. Sam Simon, who co-created The Simpsons as well as wrote for episodes of Taxi and Cheers, died on Mar. 8 due to colon cancer. He was 59 years old.
Sam Simon Dead: ‘The Simpsons’ Co-Creator Passes Away
Gone but not forgotten.
Sam, who had been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, lost his battle on Sunday, Mar. 8 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. The news was confirmed by none other than The Simpsons show runner, Al Jean. Al Tweeted, “.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.”
Sam shared ownership of a whopping seven Emmy Awards for his work on both The Simpsons and The Tracey Ullman Show. He had been a part of The Simpsons since its inception in 1989, working with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, while also writing several episodes. He simultaneously served as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor and developer. He departed from the series in 1993, but maintained an executive producing credit.
A Major Loss
Sam was certainly passionate for the work he was doing. “You can draw animals and sets but the animated characters also have freedom,” he told Variety. “The Simpsons sometimes do things that real people wouldn’t do.”
Sam’s work extended far beyond The Simpsons as well. He ventured into film, writing the 1991 film The Super, which starred Joe Pesci. In recent years, he was an executive consultant on Charlie Sheen‘s FX series Anger Management, on which he also directed an episode in the 2012-13 season.
Such a major loss for the entertainment community, but Sam will certainly continue to live on through his incredible work.
— Casey Mink