Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons and a veteran of the TV business for more than four decades, passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday taking after a long fight with colorectal cancer at the age of 59. The author, visual artist, maker, showrunner, poker player and philanthropist had been diagnosed with terminal cancer since late 2012, Variety reports.
In a progression of tweets, Simpsons showrunner Al Jean composed, “Just heard terrible news of death of [Simon]. A great man; I owe him everything. If you would like to honor Sam’s memory, do something nice for the next animal you meet. An enormous loss.” Jean likewise told Variety, “Sam Simon taught me everything about animation writing, and even more about life.”
Simon started as a daily paper illustrator before he presented a spec script for the sitcom Taxi in the early Eighties; in two years, he was hoisted to the part of that arrangement’s showrunner. It was on Taxi that he initially worked with producer James L. Creeks, who would later serve as the co-creator of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. Brooks enrolled Simon and sketch artist Matt Groening to make an animated portion to feature inside the Ullman show, which thus conceived “The Simpsons”.
While Simon’s residency on The Simpsons, where he served as creative supervisor, finished in 1993 after four seasons, his creations molded the arrangement into the long-running, comprehensively cherished social behemoth that it is today. Simon helped add to the world of Springfield and its celebrated characters so much that, even after he left the arrangement more than 22 years back, Simon is still credited as an executive producer on the series, which has run for 568 scenes and numbering.
Simon, who won nine Prime time Emmy Awards for his work in TV, likewise assumed vital parts on arrangement, for example, Cheers, The George Carlin Show, The Drew Carey Show and, most recently, the Charlie Sheen vehicle Anger Management.
Since he was an executive producer on a standout among the most syndicated Programs ever, Simon had the capacity enjoy two interests: poker playing and philanthropy. The illustrator regularly contended On the World Series of Poker competitions, and as indicated by the Wrap, gave over $100 million to foundations that upheld every living creature’s rights, including his own Sam Simon Foundation.