The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dies After Long Battle with Cancer

Norman Weiss

The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon dies after long battle with cancer
Simon, 59, who co-created The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, documented his cancer battle on his Twitter feed since his terminal diagnosis in 2012. The subject of a 2007 60 Minutes profile on his efforts to help dogs, Simon had taken steps to give his fortune away in wake of his diagnosis. PLUS: Simon played a crucial role in the creation of The Simpsons, including hiring many of its first writers, populating Springfield and having the voice actors read their parts as an ensemble. For his contributions, Simon earned "tens of millions" a year, even though he clashed with Groening and left after Season 4.

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