Sam Simon, who not only co-created The Simpsons, but also wrote episodes of Taxi and Cheers, died on Sunday at the age of 59. Simon had first been diagnosed of terminal colorectal cancer in 2012, and died from it in his home in Los Angeles.
Simon first began his career with The Simpsons in 1989, when he, Matt Groening and James L Brooks came together to create the much loved television show. Simon put together a team of writers and had the title of Executive Producer, even after he left the show in 1993. Altogether, Simon won a total of 9 Prime Time Emmy Awards, for his work on The Simpsons as well as The Tracy Ulman Show. He was nominated for ten more awards for Taxi, The Simpsons, The Tracy Ulman Show and Cheers. He was also awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Writers Guild of America for his achievements in the field of animation, and later won an another award for all of the philanthropic and humanitarian work he carried out.
Last November, Simon announced that he would be donating his $100,000 million fortune to Peta and other organisations that work for animal rights. Simon described cancer as being ‘a fight, a journey and an adventure’, as well as being the most amazing experience of his life, as he ended up being surrounded by people who truly loved and cared for him.
Many people have spoken their praises of Simon after hearing of his death. Al Jean, the executive producer of The Simpsons, stated that he owed Simon everything and that his death was an enormous loss.