'Simpsons' producer Sam Simon dies at 59

Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 09:25:45-04

Sam Simon, an original developer of "The Simpsons" has died at the age of 59.

His passing was announced on Monday by The Sam Simon Foundation.



In 2013, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. Shortly after the diagnosis, the nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer told The Hollywood Reporter that he planned to donate nearly his entire fortune to various charities upon his death.

"The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending," Simon said. "Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy [philanthropy]."

The Sam Simon Foundation specializes in helping hungry people and stray dogs. He also worked with PETA.

In television history, Simon is most famous for developing "The Simpsons" in 1989. Until 1993, he produced the show and co-wrote several episodes. He's credited with assembling the show's first writing team and establishing its tone. The series is the longest-running sitcom in American history.

Other shows Simon produced include "The Drew Carey Show," "Taxi, and "Cheers."

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.